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Faculty and staff invited to participate in community engagement town halls

“Community engagement is the collaboration among institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” – Carnegie Foundation

The university is once again applying for the Carnegie Foundation’s Designation for Community Engagement and all faculty and staff interested, or involved in community engagement, are invited to a facilitated discussion and breakout sessions to begin the application process.

Three sessions are available to choose from:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1:30-3 p.m., in person in the College of Innovation and Design
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 1:30-3 p.m., in person in the College of Innovation and Design
  • Monday, Nov. 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Zoom

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Those who cannot attend are encouraged to submit their contact information to learn about additional opportunities to contribute information and ideas.

Boise State was among the inaugural group of 76 universities to receive the community engagement designation in 2006. The university was reclassified in 2014, and is now launching its 2024 application. The team assembling the application is collecting information on specific community-oriented programs and activities, as well as exploring broader ideas on how the university engages with the community. The team leads are Zeynep Hansen, Nancy Glenn, Brian Wampler and Jillana Finnegan

According to the team assembling the application, participation is important because it is an opportunity to assess the university’s activities and to act to improve community engagement. The application process will allow faculty, staff and students to gain a better appreciation of the high impact work that is being done across campus.

Please contact Brian Wampler ( or Jillana Finnegan ( with any questions or concerns.