Public Engagement

Human Ecology student listens to a resident at the Cayuga Ridge Nursing Home.

Igniting Positive Change in Our World

Research, scholarship and collaboration underpin Cornell’s excellence in public engagement.

A deep-rooted commitment to outreach, extension and engagement infuses our state, domestic and global mission of developing knowledge that benefits humanity.

The Engaged Student Experience

Engaged Cornell

Engaged Cornell advances the university’s mission through community-engaged discovery and learning that contribute to solving many of the world’s biggest challenges.

Engaged Cornell is:

  • championing research, curricula and co-curricular activities that are identified, designed and implemented with partner communities
  • preparing students to become global citizens leading social change
  • inspiring a new generation of teaching and research at Cornell and beyond

Engaged Cornell appears across campus and around the world in work led by students, faculty, staff and their community partners. Cornell’s colleges and schools offer a vast array of engaged programming, which is supported and augmented by many other units on campus, including those in the Engaged Cornell Hub.

Counselor hugs camper, covered in blue paint
Counselor and camper share a bonding moment during the Camp PALS Olympics

Engaged Cornell

Who’s involved
Open to all Cornellians and their community partners
What happens
Work with communities to define needs and create solutions
Where it happens
In classrooms, field work and communities in Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York state and around the world

The Cornell Land Grant

A Spirit of Public Engagement

As the land-grant institution in New York state, we have a special responsibility — unique among the Ivy League — for research and public engagement. We are a university community committed to improving the quality of life in New York state, the nation and the world.