Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Marian Wright Edelman

President and founder of the Children's Defense Fund

Public Engagement is "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities"

- including those of diverse interest, type, and place from local to global - "for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose... is to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."
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What We Do

  • The College of Arts and Sciences encourages long-term, high-impact involvement in public engagement efforts. Here, we have highlighted a broad range of ongoing public engagement efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories and models.

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes research activities that address public needs and direct engagement with the public in the service of improving quality of life through research. Here, we have highlighted a broad range of publicly engaged research efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences internships provide students with meaningful work, educational experiences and practical experiences in their fields of academic study and interest.

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Healthy Historic Walking Paths
Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor Maeve Kane’s students developed a series of self-guided walking tours through a number of Albany’s historic neighborhoods and produced a website and mobile app for the project. In its first year, albanywalksforhealth.com logged over 10,000 visitors. Kane worked with Orville Abrahams, director of Community Development, Capital District YMCA.
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The Women’s Health Project Team (l to r standing): Jeanette Johnson – Field Coordinator, Peer Health Advocates Jacqueline Fason, Arylee Ojumu; (seated) Maria Hansberry, Laura Barnhill

Women’s Health Project Connects Underserved Women with Health Services in Hudson, NY through Peer Health Advocates

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The field school will teach students how to lay out units, excavate, screen, map, record, and photograph archaeological features at the sites.

Tracing Albany’s Underground Railroad
UAlbany field school provides practical training for archaeology profession

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The College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany brings The World Within Reach by connecting a diverse group of learners, scholars and practitioners in engaging and mutually beneficial partnerships. A gift to the College supports an array of activities, including courses in applied learning, publicly engaged research and scholarship, and study and service abroad opportunities.
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