The Collaboratory Scholars network was created to honor the knowledge and social networks that students develop while in college. Engaging students to implement and sustain Collaboratory benefits not only the students, but also the capacity of institutions to effectively leverage Collaboratory.
Collaboratory Scholars provides students a network beyond their campus and a space to explore new ways of thinking about Collaboratory. Together we foster the next generation of community-engaged scholars, professionals, and alumni who have a greater appreciation for how their institution fulfills its public mission and the role of higher education in society.
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 implementation of Collaboratory on their campuses, the need to intentionally convene engaged students became apparent.
The creation of a cohort of students to interact, reflect, and think about their work with Collaboratory is a natural step along the path of developing not only the current field of higher education community engagement, but also the next generation of engaged scholars, professionals, and citizens.
If your institution is currently using Collaboratory and you have students who would like to participate, reach out to Lauren Wendling to join and learn about upcoming Scholars meetings.
If your institution is not yet using Collaboratory, email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to leverage Collaboratory to tell your institution’s story of engagement.