Serve in Place: Summer Community-Engaged Learning Application

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General Information

In light of the recent COVID-19 crisis, the Office of Engagement Initiatives has prioritized funds for students pursuing community-engaged learning activities in summer 2020. For full information about eligibility, expectations, timeline and selection criteria, visit the Serve in Place Fund page on the Engaged Cornell website. 

Funds should be applied to a specific community partner. Applications will be evaluated on the demonstrated capacity of the individual to enact the outlined proposal and on thepotential development for the applicant in the specified learning outcomes. Projects must be in compliance with the university-wide travel restrictions and local public health guidelines. We value ethical partnerships with the identified community. The specific initiative proposed should clearly align with 1) the student’s emerging purpose 2) community-engaged leadership principles and 3) goals of the off-campus partner organization.

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Your proposal should address each of the following (4,000 characters with spaces)

A.    Describe the project and how it meets the community-engaged learning criteria

1. What issue of public concern does it address?

2. How did you find this need in the community?

3. How does this project advance your current personal, academic and professional background and goals?

B.    How will you evaluate the impact and success of your project (i.e., the achievement of objectives you’ve specified with your community partner)?

C.   If relevant, please describe how this project was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please describe how you plan to mitigate disease transmission risk (e.g., maintaining social distancing, working online only, etc.)

Use the table below to list all the costs associated with your proposal.