Whether you're a community-based nonprofit organization or a local business, a government agency or a school district, a healthcare provider or any other entity looking to partner with the University of Kansas — we want to understand your needs and work with you to meet them.
The continuum below provides a framework for how community partnerships can grow over time through degrees of complexity and public impact. Explore the continuum and think about how you might like to partner with KU.
Would you like to pursue a research or service project with a KU faculty member, class or student organization? Would you like to promote internship or job opportunities? Maybe you've identified a problem but aren't exactly sure how KU can help? Fill out the help form on the Center for Service Learning website to connect with resources tailored to your needs.
A continuum of engagement possibilities
Adapted from International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of Public Participation
Continuum of engagement possibilities
KU provides balanced and objective information to assist community partners in understanding the problem, alternatives, opportunities and/or solutions.
KU obtains or considers feedback or input from community partners on issues, ideas and/or decisions.
KU works directly with community partners throughout the process to ensure their concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered.
KU partners actively with the community, seeking advice and innovations that become embedded as much as possible in the decisions.
KU places final decisions in the hands of community partners, who also help implement those decisions.
Connect with KU centers + institutes
A number of centers and institutes at the University of Kansas specialize in community-engaged research and service learning opportunities. Explore options and tap into resources.