Project-Based Community Engagement
Are you interested in community-engaged learning and research, but need an idea for a project or a community partner? Do you want to ensure that your work meaningfully addresses community-identified needs? The CCE can help connect you to ideas for course projects, student assignments, or research projects submitted by community organizations and city departments!
Project-based community engagement serves as a great option for virtual community work during COVID-19, for it allows us to collectively meet community partner needs as a campus in creative and innovative ways, while promoting collaboration and connection-building amongst the CC community and limiting the spread of the virus.
The CCE launched the PEAK Inquiry Project -- a program through which community organizations and city departments can submit knowledge- and research-based project ideas to share with CC students, faculty, volunteer teams, and courses. PEAK stands for “Publicly Engaged, Actionable Knowledge” and the mission of the program is to bring the knowledge of the campus to bear on public, real-world issues. Our goal is to connect campus change-makers to community INQUIRIES – real-world questions, challenges, and problems – of the Pikes PEAK region.
As examples, here are some past projects at CC:
- A political science course that analyzed survey data to better understand voting patterns on an upcoming ballot issue
- Film students that annually produce short films for community organizations to facilitate storytelling about the organization
- A team of sociology students that annually conduct a program evaluation of a local organization’s safe sex curriculum
- A student volunteer that explored archival data for a community organization to better understand their organizational history
- A environmental studies course that regularly conducts energy audits of local homes
Here’s how the program works:
- Community organizations and city departments submit “idea briefs” for projects.
- The CCE posts the ideas on this website for your perusal throughout the year for reference and organizes them by issue-area. These issue-areas align with our coalitions, which are the primary support systems for project-based work.
- The CCE will also actively seek to “match” the idea to targeted faculty and/or students whose interests align with the project if coalition members do not have the capacity or interest in picking up the project.