Morgan Studer explains how CSL promotes community partnerships


IUPUI’s Center for Service and Learning (CSL) is a gateway for engagement among faculty, staff, students, and the community of central Indiana. While many of us are familiar with some of the traditional elements of community and civic engagement—volunteering, service projects, and group involvement—how the engagement process begins, particularly from the side of the community, may not be as well known. Morgan Studer, director of faculty and community resources for CSL, provides insight into the many complexities of campus and community partnership development.

Morgan holds a Master of Arts in philanthropic studies and has served as adjunct faculty for the undergraduate Philanthropic Studies program. She has worked for CSL for 12 years, beginning as the director of the America Reads/America Counts tutoring program, and continues to oversee the Community Work-Study program, as well as faculty development.

Morgan Studer

Different Partnerships for Different People

IUPUI is partnering with the community in a variety of ways. Many of these types of relationships intersect, making it difficult for even Morgan to identify how many such partnerships there are at the present. However, she does say that partnerships come in a variety of categories, including internships, community engaged teaching, community engaged research, and philanthropic student organizations. The Collaboratory is one platform that helps to capture and to track many of the campus-community partnerships that faculty and staff are engaging in. Morgan also points out that not all community-campus partnerships come through her office; some partnerships are entirely self-facilitated. While CSL’s assistance is not required for partnership development, Morgan and her colleagues serve as resources via consultative support or through workshop and professional development series for anyone who wants assistance in developing a community engagement relationship.

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