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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  • In using community-engaged pedagogy, I encourage my students to look at the community as a living text. Students are more engaged and make more progress toward course objectives when the assignments are tied to real-life people, problems, or organizations.

    Kate Bradley

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  • At my internship with the New York State Museum, I had the opportunity to work hands on with precious artifacts and special collections. I truly believe that this experience prepared me for a career in Public History.

    Brittany Frederick

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Recent News

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Celebrating Public Engagement
Breathing Lights, an artistic project that focused attention on the need to revitalize blighted buildings, is among the winners of this year’s 2017 President’s Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement.

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UAlbany Weather & Climate Camp

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Morgan DeVuyst

Morgan DeVuyst has taken advantage of the applied learning and public engagement opportunities that were available to her while studying human biology and psychology.

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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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