For Community Partners
The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement works across academic disciplines and university units to help provide resources and support to faculty, students, and community agencies. Below are some key resources and partnerships across the University of Kentucky supportive of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement initiatives.
Find a Nonprofit
A nonprofit database has been created to help UK students, faculty, and staff identify partner agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as facilitate connections among community organizations. This growing database allows sector specific, and location, searches across the Kentucky Commonwealth with direct links to organization homepages.
The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center contributes to the land grant mission of the University by fostering community-university partnerships in research, learning and engagement in Appalachia, a region faced with unique opportunities and challenges toward sustainable development in a globalized context.
Founded in August 2002, the UK Center for Community Outreach is a student-driven organization that is intended to foster the development of leaders who make a difference in their communities. Through a team of student volunteers and professional staff, programs and services are offered that afford University of Kentucky students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to use their time and talents while helping others. The CCO is home to 10 program areas including Alternative Service Breaks (ASB), Beyond the Blue, Big Blue Pantry, FUSION (For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods), Martin Luther King Jr. Wildcats for Service, UK Mountain Cats, PAWS (Promoting Animal Welfare and Services), NHHAW (National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week), UK Service Corps, Young at Heart, and the Kentucky Scholar Intern (KSI) Program.
The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) supports excellence in teaching and learning by working collaboratively with all instructors to create engaging, innovative and inclusive learning environments in which diverse students can excel.
The Experiential Education Program is a part of the James W. Stuckert Career Center and is designed to assist in connecting students and employers in developing career-related learning opportunities in internship, cooperative education (co-op), or externship experiences.
The International Center provides leadership and support to UK’s mission to ensure that all members of the UK community can be engaged effectively in international education and research, and that students will develop a broad international perspective through curricular, co-curricular, on-campus, and off-campus experiences. UKIC recruits and advises international students, promotes and facilitates education abroad programs, coordinates international education initiatives, fosters inter-institutional international agreements, and seeks grant and contract opportunities for international teaching, research, and service.
The James W. Stuckert Career Center assists students through career exploration and strength assessments, graduate school preparation, experiential learning, internship placements, interview preparation, job search strategies, and other career services. The Center helps prepare students for a lifetime of career possibilities through an educational journey that fosters engagement, reflection and holistic development while connecting passion to purpose.
UK’s Proposal Development Office provides wide-ranging support to faculty, staff, and students across all stages of their grant and fellowship applications. Staff members conduct funding searches for specific project that researchers wish to pursue, assist in the preparation of competitive proposals by reviewing and critiquing proposal drafts, providing descriptive material on UK resources, and writing sections of proposal where appropriate. PDO staff can also link researchers with others on campus with similar research interests for possible multidisciplinary projects. The PDO staff have extensive experience with a broad variety of funding mechanisms, federal agencies, and private sponsors and presents seminars, workshops, and special events that provide information on specific agency or funding programs, enhance proposal development skills, or stimulate the development of multidisciplinary projects. The PDO also provides support to community partners in grant searching and identification.