Community Involvement

Department of Anthropology

Engaged Scholarship in Anthropology Research

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences is a recognized campus and community leader in engaged scholarship. Examples include:

  • Anthropology's mission expressly promotes engaged scholarship. Currently, our faculty collaborates with more than 50 organizations on projects that empower campus and public partners to share an equitable role in research.
  • Anthropology's Tenure and Promotion Guidelines recognize and reward engaged scholarship, and tenure track hires are expected to advance engaged research.
  • The MA in Applied Anthropology focuses on the application of engaged scholarship. The practicum requirement involves collaboration with agencies on engaged research to advance community development and/or community health.
  • The Anthropology Student Club features engaged community service activities.
  • Most of our faculty serves on the advisory boards of community organizations and subcommittees (e.g. United Housing, United Way of the Mid-South, MIFA, Latino Memphis, South Memphis Alliance, Memphis Teen Vision, Shelby County Health Department, Memphis March of Dimes). Dozens of community, state, and federal organizations benefit from engaged collaborations with Anthropology faculty.

Visit the Department of Anthropology website for more information about Engaged Scholarship in Anthropology Research.


Department of Biological Sciences

National Lab Day 2017 A Big Success!!! National Lab Day is a volunteer initiative to form local communities of support around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers and to connect them with STEM professionals who will share their expertise as well as their excitement and passion for their disciplines. Over 100 5th graders from Grahamwood Elementary and the Campus School took part in the Department of Biological Sciences National Lab day. The McKenna, Mandel, Bowers, and Abell Labs along with the Herbarium and Dr. Koonz's General Biology Lab were open for activities. The Bowers Lab taught about bird watching, the McKenna Lab tours included learning about insect biodiversity and the Mandel Lab extracted DNA from a strawberry! See Photo Below. Visit the Department website for more information about community involvement.

Department of Biological Sciences participate in National Lab Day


CH Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Guided tours and special programs are available with a reservation. To arrange a group tour, email Chucalissa@Memphis.edu or telephone 901.785.3160.

Family programs and craft activities are offered during the summer and change weekly. For a detailed description of programs and crafts, please see our online brochure or visit the Chucalissa website

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa charges a minimal admission fee which goes directly back into the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities. Thank you for supporting Chucalissa! The fee schedule for Chucalissa can be found on their website.


CfIA Hosts Successful GenCyber Boot Camps

The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) hosted its annual GenCyber Boot Camps for two consecutive weeks in June. More than 80 middle school and high school students came to the University of Memphis to learn more about cyber safety and best practices. Campers came from 24 different schools in the Mid-South and a few from other parts of the country.

Students engaged in activities such as digital fingerprinting, online safety and privacy. The main theme was to teach the Cyber Security First principles, which were illustrated with real-world examples by security experts. There also were week-long group projects where students were asked to develop cyber security-related stories/games. Each group presented its projects to a panel of industry professionals on the last day of the camp. Students also toured different campus facilities.

GenCyber Boot Camp for Middle and High School Students

Among the security professionals who shared their experiences with the campers were Karen Bell, UofM systems analyst; Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, CfIA director and GenCyber program director; FBI agent Tim Marsh; Dr. Lan Wang, chair of the Department of Computer Science; Meka Egwuekwe, CodeCrew director; and James Cotter of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Dr. Jada Meeks, director of ESU (Empowering Students Universally) Scholars, spoke to the high school campers on the importance of early preparation for college. "I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the instructors and other students," said student Maddie Dowd. "I found everyone very welcoming. I have already used my new-found knowledge at a volunteer youth science camp at which I am teaching this summer."

Learn more about the Center for Information Assurance at their website.


College Research Experience for Students in High School (MemphisCRESH)

From cancer research, to solar energy, to materials for space applications, previous scholars had the opportunity to work alongside undergraduate and graduate students and contributed to the scientific advancement of the research group that they were affiliated with.Find out more about the CRESH Program at the website.


Department of Social Work

IMPACT AMERICA: Increasing our Impact by 33% Over Last Year, University of Memphis Students Help 1,115 Working Families Secure $1.7 Million in Refunds

University of Memphis Student Effort Saves Families over $440,000 in Commercial Tax Prep Fees

Under the supervision of Impact America AmeriCorps Members, 18 University of Memphis students helped served 1,115 families at our four tax sites: Binghampton Development Corporation, Soulsville Towne Center, Ed Rice Community Center, and Church Health Wellness Center, helping them to claim $1.7 million in refunds and save over $440,000 in commercial tax preparation fees. Tax preparation support was also provided to families at Social Suds and Latino Memphis.

Social Work students, under the leadership of Dr. Elena Delavega, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work in the College of Arts & Sciences, made up a key portion of the student volunteers. Visit the Department of Social Work website for more information.

Impact America - Tennessee is an AmeriCorps program, housed at Church Health Center.


Strengthening Communities Initiative, Engaged Scholarship, and SUAPP

The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) provides valuable services to cities and enable the institution and the urban citizens to improve their core knowledge and expertise leading to future development of theories and discoveries that advance our nation.

Since 1999, the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) at the University of Memphis has produced important discoveries through collaboration with institutions, agencies, and organizations and by defining the questions and best practices of research methodologies and data analysis. Engaged scholarship has become the hallmark of SUAPP’s work.

For more information on the Strengthening Communities Initiative, Engaged Scholarship, and the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, visit the SUAPP website.