Community-Academic Partnerships

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The Community-Academic Partnerships core creates and supports community and academic collaborations to improve health. Our team promotes shared goals among partners to strengthen the community impact of health research.

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We empower students, faculty, and community organizations to participate in community-academic partnerships. Our programs are designed to meet community needs by matching students with community-based projects. These experiences offer young leaders mentorship, training, and skill-development opportunities while making a positive impact in the community.

We CU Community Engaged Scholars

Service recognition program connecting community organizations with University of Illinois undergraduate and graduate students to meet the needs of the Champaign-Urbana community.

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Community-Academic Scholars 

Community-based summer research experience connecting undergraduate students with community-academic research teams. Research teams and students apply separately to join the program.

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Community Seminar Series

Graduate students and postdoctoral research trainees develop and deliver educational seminars in response to community interests and needs.

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Support for Faculty

Proposal development

Funding agencies are increasingly prioritizing community-engaged scholarship. We help researchers identify opportunities, manage and develop proposals, and guide multi-stakeholder research teams.

Community partner connections

Mutual trust and respect are the foundation of community-academic partnerships. We go beyond matchmaking to ensure reciprocity, align objectives, and provide necessary support and resources as partnerships develop.

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Support for Community Collaborators

Proposal development 

Community-based work is often strengthened through grant support. We bridge research and practice to help collaborators submit strong proposals that ultimately benefit our community.   

Faculty and student connections 

Community organizations and leaders are closely connected with local needs. Our team facilitates community-university collaborations that serve the needs of our community and are built upon mutual respect and alignment of goals.

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University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones“Yes. We imagine solutions to global challenges here at Illinois. But the results of our work will always be measured in the impact on individual lives.”

Robert J. Jones

Connect with us

Emily Stone

Community-Academic Partnerships (IHSI), Director of Public Engagement (College of Education)
(217) 300-6360

Celina Trujillo

Community-Academic Partnerships Research Development Manager

Contact the Community-Academic Partnerships team

We look forward to working with you! Please contact us with questions about our programs or to discuss your community-based project or needs.