Academic Programs Catalog

Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services

University Outreach and Engagement

Dr. Kwesi Craig C. Brookins, Associate Provost

The Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) supports the academic mission of the university by facilitating community-engaged scholarship, including community-engaged research and creative activities, teaching and learning, service, and commercialized activities. Keys ways that UOE supports the community-engaged work of MSU faculty, staff, students, and community include:

  • Creating and sustaining community-university partnership networks that address critical issues through reciprocal, systemic, mutually beneficial activities
  • Consulting on the design, implementation, and assessment of collaborative research and its broader impacts
  • Providing professional development and learning programs that build capacity for community engagement and scholar- ship
  • Documenting engaged scholarship across MSU and recognizing exemplary community engagement
  • Working with units to institutionalize community engagement and leading national conversations about engaged scholarship

In addition, UOE units:

  • Support over 25,000 students annually in community-engaged academic and co-curricular experiences in collaboration with the Office of Student Life and Engagement
  • Provide opportunities for the public to engage with the university through the MSU Science Festival and other public venues
  • Engage in research and learning activities focused on community and economic development and the concerns of Latino, Native American, and other marginalized communities
  • Conduct programming for gifted and talented youth, and under resourced and provide information about MSU K-12 programs
  • Provide space and connections in Detroit, Lansing, and Flint

For more information, visit or e-mail, or call 1-517-353-8977. University Outreach and Engagement is housed on the Garden Level, Kellogg Center.


Julian Samora Research Institute

Rubén Martinez, Director

The Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) generates, disseminates, and applies knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest and the United States.  To achieve its mission, the JSRI:  1) serves as the hub of an interdisciplinary research program on social, cultural, health and economic issues confronting Latino populations and communities;  2) advances Latino scholarship by encouraging and supporting Latino-focused faculty and students to conduct research and engage in mentoring, research assistantships, fellowships, symposia and related activities; and 3) transmits and disseminates knowledge and research findings to various academic, government, community and private institutions and officials.

In addition, JSRI provides technical expertise to the broader community on policy development issues facing Latinos, and promotes the development of Latino cultural and human capital through leadership development, community empowerment, and education.  Through the generation, transmission and application of knowledge, JSRI is committed to transforming lives.  By engaging Latino-focused researchers, agencies, practitioners, policymakers and Latino communities in collaborative learning, community-based projects, and responsive engagement, JSRI joins University Outreach and Engagement and the larger university community in contributing to the advancement of the larger society – both locally and globally.