Module 1 - The Engaged Scholar

Why should Students Engage with The Community?

Student engagement with community partners has always been an important response to critical social issues. Students also benefit by becoming involved in community engagement:

  • Positive impact on students’ academic learning
  • Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
  • Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills
  • Greater involvement in community service after graduation
  • Greater academic learning, leadership skills, and personal efficacy can lead to greater opportunity

How can students become engaged?

Visit the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee’s Website for definitions of different types of student civic engagement.

Whether the student engagement is for a class, a personal or professional interest, or as an act of advocacy or activism, all are examples of the University’s urban-serving research philosophy in action.


Student Project

When I was an undergraduate, I volunteered as a tutor at Centro Latino where I worked with spanish speaking students and helped them to become more successful with their classes and homework.

- UofM Student


Check Your Understanding

Select the best reason for participating in Engaged Scholarship activities from the options below.


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