PEAK Inquiry Project

COVID-19 has had an impact on the number and types of projects that we're able to match.  We ask all participants to be cautious when engaging in community work. Participants should be expected to engage virtually when possible and maintain proper social distancing when in-person. Furthermore, they should wear a mask if indoors, interacting with many people, or interacting with particularly vulnerable populations. Finally, participants should be aware of the COVID-19 policies of the organization they're working with and, when in doubt, adhere to the more conservative of those laid out by CC.  Read the CCE engagement policies here.


Do you have a problem or goal that college students and faculty could help with through a project that uses academic expertise or research? Submit an Idea Brief to tell us about your project idea, and we'll work to connect you with students and faculty who could do it!

The CCE launched The PEAK Inquiry Project last year - a platform 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. The mission of the project is to bring the knowledge of the campus to bear on public, real-world issues. Why PEAK Inquiry? PEAK stands for "Publicly Engaged, Actionable Knowledge," and our goal is to connect campus change-makers to community INQUIRIES - your questions, challenges, and problems.

As examples, here are some past projects that have been completed at CC:

  • A political science course analyzed survey data to understand voting patterns on an upcoming ballot issue
  • Film students annually produce short films for community organizations to facilitate storytelling
  • A team of sociology students conduct a program evaluation of an organization's safe sex curriculum
  • A history major student volunteer explored archival data for a community organization to better understand their organizational history
  • An environmental studies course regularly conducts energy audits of local homes

Have an idea? Here's how the program works:

  1. Submit an IDEA BRIEF through this online form that takes roughly 5-10 minutes to complete.
  2. CCE staff review the idea for clarity and "fit" with our campus community's interests and capabilities
  3. The CCE will post the idea on our website, share widely, and actively seek to "match" the idea to targeted students and faculty whose interests align with the project. We will seek to connect projects to our Bonner Fellows and issue-based coalitions, in particular, for the 2020-2021 academic year.

You can see a visual representation here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Here is information on IRB (Institutional Review Board) requirements that may pertain to projects, provided by Amanda Udis-Kessler. You can also view this information on her helpful YouTube video.



Our hope is to provide a platform to elevate community-driven ideas, and to use this process to focus the "match-making" efforts of the CCE. While we would like to find a match for every idea, it is important to understand that submitting an idea does not guarantee that the CCE will be able to find faculty or students to implement the project. This will depend on a number of factors beyond our control, including but not limited to finding just the right "match" between your organization's need and the passions and capacities of specific people on our campus -- as well as aligning your timeframe with the availability of those specific people. Nevertheless, our hope is that this process will greatly facilitate stronger connections between community-driven ideas and campus expertise.

Project ideas will be accepted on a rolling basis. Organizations and departments are welcome to submit multiple project ideas, but please submit a new form for each idea. Please note that the chances of your project getting matches are highest if you submit an idea by during the summer (before August 24th) or early in the academic year (by September 21st).

CCE staff are available to help with development of your proposal at any stage - from brainstorming ideas for projects, to understanding research methods, to filling out the form itself. Contact Jordan Travis Radke, CCE Director, at to get started.

Current Project Ideas

Matched Projects

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