Supporting the next generation
of engaged scholars

Collaboratory Scholars provides students a network beyond their campus and a space to explore new ways of thinking about higher education community engagement.  Together we foster the next generation of community-engaged scholars, professionals, and alumni who have a greater understanding of and appreciation for the public mission of higher education and its role within society.

Who are Collaboratory Scholars?

  • Graduate or undergraduate students interested in higher education community engagement in all of its facets – data and analysis, assessment, engaged research, engaged teaching, community organizing, etc.
  • Students of all majors and roles within their institution.  Those from different academic disciplines, perspectives, and institutions with varying cultures and interpretations of community engagement will learn with like-minded peers.
  • Participation in Collaboratory Scholars is free of cost and students may join for as long (or as little!) as they would like.


As Collaboratory has grown and expanded across institutions big and small, it has brought together an impressive group of scholars, professionals, and students dedicated to the continued improvement of higher education community engagement.  Through conversations with Collaboratory Administrators about and reflecting upon the invaluable role of students in the advancement of community engagement on their campuses, the need to intentionally convene students interested in this work became apparent. 

The creation of a cohort of students to interact, reflect, and think about their work in the field of higher education community engagement is a natural step along the path of developing not only the current field of community engagement, but also the next generation of engaged scholars, professionals, and citizens.

What do Collaboratory Scholars do?

  • Scholars participate in monthly discussions that encourage them to think deeply about how their institutions and the field more broadly defines and operationalizes community engaged work.  
  • By engaging in dialogue with fellow engaged students and Collaboratory Administrators, Scholars join a community of engaged professionals working to build capacity for the future of higher education community engagement.
  • In addition to personal and professional development, as a Collaboratory Scholar, students are encouraged to think deeply about how data can be used to offer evidence of progress, demonstrate collective impact, or inform institutional and community decision-making.
  • As a group, Scholars come together to support each other’s efforts, discuss challenges and strategies for success, and find assistance for their personal and professional work.

When and where do they meet?

  • Scholars are invited to participate in monthly, virtual meetings during the academic year with other students across the United States.
  • Meetings are facilitated by Dr. Kristin Norris, Associate Director of School Partnerships at Indiana University; Dr. Lauren Wendling, Collaboratory Director of Institutional Success; Katie Evans, Collaboratory Institutional Success Specialist; and other guest speakers.
  • Scholars are also encouraged to attend other Collaboratory events like the annual Summit, meetings at national and regional conferences, and other virtual gatherings.

Want to get involved in the Collaboratory Scholars?

If you or a student you know would like to participate, click “Sign Up”, above, or reach out to Lauren Wendling to learn about upcoming Scholars meetings.

If your institution is not yet using Collaboratory, email [email protected] to learn more about how to leverage Collaboratory to tell your institution’s story of engagement.

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