The Division of Community Affairs remains committed to community and campus partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn how our team is continuing to deliver the Division’s programs while practicing social distancing.

14th Excellence in Community Engagement Awards

Pictured is Dr. Daria, the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Community-Engaged Scholar Award for Community Partners. Use the link below to learn more about the work of this talented group of students, community partners, faculty and staff.

Crossroads Community Engagement Center

The mission of Crossroads Civic Engagement Center is to develop engaged citizens for the State of Alabama and the world. We do this through teaching, research, and service focused on four civic pillars: values, knowledge, skills, and action.

New Faculty Community Engagement Tours

These Tours engage early career faculty and advanced graduate students in three day-long tours of West Alabama and the Alabama Black Belt. Travelers have opportunities to develop innovative partnerships with community members and other campus researchers interested in community-based approaches to addressing community needs.

Student Community Engagement Center

The mission of The University of Alabama’s Student Community Engagement Center is to engage students and community partners in mutually beneficial partnerships to identify and address critical community opportunities by connecting engagement to the University’s missions of teaching, research, and service.

UA Celebrates National Recognition of Fulbright Award Winners and Semi-Finalists

Three UA students have received Fulbright Student Research Awards for the 2020–2021 academic year and ten have won Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Awards.

Pruitt Delivers Keynote to Inaugural Provost's Symposium at University of Delaware

“In order for these programs to move forward on campuses and nationally, you have to create space for faculty to do the work.”

Wendell Hudson "No Excuses"

View all media from the memorable day when we had the opportunity to come together to honor Wendell Hudson, the “No Excuses” trailblazer.

Legacy Awards Speaker, Recipients Deliver Message of Hope

This year’s Realizing the Dream theme, “Through the Courage to Live a Life of Purpose,” aims to remind people that King’s courage laid a foundation that both empowered and served as a catalyst for others to do their part...

University Sends 28-Member Delegation to ESC Conference

11 UA researchers presented their work at the 2019 annual conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium in Denver, Colorado.

International Community Engagement through Global Café

Global Café connects students and faculty with community by sponsoring activities that lead people to share traditions and cultures, learn languages together, access local resources and make new friends. Global Café also offers opportunities for language work and cultural understanding among Americans planning to travel.

Community Affairs Board of Advisors

Formed in early 2016, the Community Affairs Board of Advisors is comprised of young alumni who possess a commitment to community engagement and student success.

Excellence

Since 2006, the Council on Community-Based Partnerships has been recognizing innovation in community engagement at the Annual Excellence in Community Engagement Awards.

Innovation

The Student Community Engagement Center houses student organizations from all UA colleges and schools that have demonstrated an interest in connecting their efforts to community engagement.

Expertise

Dr. Samory T. Pruitt has been named president of the Board of Directors for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, an international group of universities that promote engaged scholarship.

Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP)

The CCBP's vision is of a University whose resources and strengths are made available through partnerships in communities throughout the state, nation and world to help solve society’s critical problems.

Council on Community-Based Partnerships

The Council connects faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve critical problems identified collaboratively by community members and the University.

Community Collaborations

Community Collaborations continually brings together different parts of the community in ways that are beneficial to both The University and community.

Crossroads Civic Engagement Center

Crossroads Civic Engagement Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. They offer
intercultural engagement opportunities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works.

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A Message from the Vice President

This message is intended for our friends and partners both on and off campus. We hope you will visit the site often, for it is our most important communication tool in our dual role as UA’s leader in engaged scholarship and intercultural relations.

While the terms “scholarship of engagement” or “engaged scholarship” — the terms are interchangeable — has been around for years, they may not be familiar to everyone. First used by Ernest Boyer in a 1996 article published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Boyer sought nothing less than to redefine the role of higher education. He advocated a move away from scholarship as the “application of academic expertise” to a scholarship that creates partnerships between higher education and communities. He further argued that engaged scholarship integrates the often-conflicting faculty roles of teaching, research and service, seeing them instead as different aspects of a common purpose. Since Boyer, engaged scholarship has come to mean collaboration between knowledge professionals on campuses and the lay public for mutual benefit.