Community-Engaged Scholarship for Graduate Students: Insights from the CREATE Scholars Program

Bonnie L. Keeler, Kate D. Derickson, Hannah Jo King, Keira B Leneman, Adam F. Moskowitz, Amaniel Mrutu, Bach Nguyen, Rebecca H Walker

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We describe an extracurricular graduate fellowship program designed to train students in community-engaged scholarship with Black and Indigenous communities. The CREATE Scholars program combines coursework, research externships, and experiential learning opportunities in order to develop graduate student competencies in codevelopment, community engagement, and scholar-advocacy. We offer reflections on lessons learned from the perspective of students and faculty in the program. We conclude with recommendations for like-minded academic leaders and program directors seeking to expand opportunities for graduate students to engage in reciprocal and thoughtful community partnerships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-138
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for the CREATE Initiative was provided by the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenges Initiative and the Institute on the Environment. Additional support was provided by the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. We are grateful for CREATE Initiative staff—Adi Penugonda, Fayola Jacobs, Hillary Waters, Kaleigh Swift, Mira Klein, and Sadman Rahman—and the invaluable insights of our community partners Shannon Smith Jones, Jake Virden, Shruthi Kamisett, Adair Mosely, Tsega Tamene, DA Bullock, Kenzie O’Keefe, Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Glenda Simmons-Jenkins, Queen Quet, and Darlene St. Clair. Dedicated to the memory of Kevin Ehrman-Solberg.

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© 2022. by the University of Georgia


  • Cohort programs
  • Community engagement
  • Graduate education
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Outreach
  • University


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