Community Engage Council

This community and University-centered council (which meets monthly and year-round) focuses on using University assets and resources (faculty expertise, student volunteers and organizations, AS-L courses and grant initiatives)  to:

  • internally collaborate enhance and promote community collaboration, avoiding duplication and
  • externally promote and facilitate community/university activity.

The primary charge of the CEC is to create and improve upon community collaboration between and among the University and local community entities in business, education, government and non-profits.

The CEC is coordinated by the Engage@EMU office.

The CEC serves

• as an advisory and possible action body for the University Strategic Plan

• to provide support for institutional accreditation

• as the developer of community engagement data and assessment

• as a virtual front door dedicated to community engagement and collaboration


• University personnel actively involved at the institutional level with community engagement (e.g. Government Relations, Media Relations, ISCFC, AS-L, NLA, VISION, CFE)

• A local community organization/entity representative currently or previously involved in university collaboration

• An A2Y chamber representative

• City manager or planner

•Ypsilanti city mayor

•United Way

•Convention and Visitors Bureau

What areas of the University does CEC impact?



•Community relationship/perception

•Faculty development/university culture

•Community and economic revitalization

Questions on the CEC can be directed to

Recent & Active CEC projects

Black Ypsi Recorded and Remembered (African American Signage Project)
Co-grant with the City of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County Office of Economic and Community Development and the Ypsilanti District Library. (Funds through Act 88 & CTAP)

Washtenaw County Volunteer Database managed through United Way and VISION

Community Partner Impact Survey 
Over 200 responses from long-standing educational, governmental and non-profit partners on EMU’s relationships with and in community.

Ypsi and EMU Walking Map
Developed with the CVP, Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development and the EMU Offices of AS-L, Marketing and the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance

Ypsi Real Photo Voice Project

First year students in EMU’s Edge program take their ‘Ypsi Real’ images for display at EMU and in community settings.

Up and Coming:
Sustainability Initiative
Food Safety and Security

People on stage.
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