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Engaged Cornell Hub opens in Kennedy Hall

Engaged Cornell Hub
Patrick Shanahan/University Photography
The Engaged Cornell Hub on the third floor of Kennedy Hall has opened for the spring semester.



Office of Engagement in ECHub
Patrick Shanahan/University Photography
The Cornell Commitment and the Office of Engagement Initiatives are two of the units in the newly opened hub.

Cornell now has a central location on campus for community engagement. The new Engaged Cornell Hub, on the third floor of Kennedy Hall, opened this month and will house eight programs and units from across the university that serve a range of needs related to public and community service and engaged learning.

Units that have relocated to the newly renovated 8,500-square-foot space are:

Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP)

The Cornell Commitment (The Cornell Tradition, Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars)

Cornell Public Service Center

Education Minor (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

New York Agricultural Outreach and Education

Office of Engagement Initiatives

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Cornell Prison Education Program will move to the new space in February.

Vice Provost Judith Appleton describes the engagement hub as an open, collaborative space, welcoming students, faculty, staff and community partners to learn more about and become involved in a variety of opportunities for engagement on and off campus, including engaged learning and research.

For example, students can find out about the range of community engaged-learning courses available, and how to apply coursework and activities to an engaged leadership certificate; faculty can learn how to create and develop community partnerships to advance their research and teaching; and students, faculty and staff can get information on grants, scholarships and awards for community-engaged work.

“I encourage students to visit the new Engaged Cornell Hub to explore the opportunities and people that can help to enrich your education,” said Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life. “Having so many student-centered resources in one suite aligns perfectly with the goal of meaningfully engaged learning that is unique to the Cornell experience.”

The shared space will allow units to work together more closely and will foster connections with other community-engaged units on campus, to better support the Cornell community and advance the university’s public engagement mission, Appleton said.

The location also provides space for events, work areas and meeting rooms, and additional meeting space and a learning resource center on the second floor.

The new space was made possible by a gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust in support of Engaged Cornell.

Contact for more information or inquiries about the hub.

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Melissa Osgood