Trent and CommunityEngaged scholarship links practical academic learning and research opportunities with expressed community needs and interests. Through engaged scholarship activities, our community partners become our team-teachers as students learn from residents, professionals, and organizations in ways that are not possible through traditional classroom learning. Community partners, in collaboration with faculty, generate researchable questions that are integrated into courses, internships, independent studies, EXCEL scholar projects, and independent faculty research.

Engaged Scholarship allows students and faculty to:
  1. Test the validity of facts and theories and study concrete instances of phenomena presented in course readings, lectures, and discussions
  2. Learn from people in the local community who have experience outside of Lafayette faculty expertise
  3. Analyze ways in which concepts and skills learned in a traditional academic setting might be applied to questions in the community
  4. Work collaboratively with those not part of the campus community to design and implement projects that benefit a larger community
  5. Pursue scholarly projects in their field of interest
  6. Develop their skills as responsible, active, and well-informed citizens

Experiential learning in action