The Center for Rural Engagement reimagines the relationship between the flagship campus of the state’s largest university and nearby rural communities in Indiana.
The center calls on the research, expertise, teaching, and service of IU Bloomington faculty, staff, and students to find solutions to the challenges these communities face and to enhance opportunities identified by the communities themselves. This approach is already in practice via IU's Grand Challenges program. Collaborative teams across the university are harnessing the power of research to address:
- Environmental change by delivering actionable solutions to communities across the state of Indiana; and
- Addiction through the launch of a comprehensive and coordinated university response to the state opioid crisis.
The center will also support and complement efforts of other regional organizations to develop approaches that are scalable, evidence-based, and exportable. In the process, IU students will benefit from high-impact learning and volunteer activities through IU Corps, while developing relationships with potential future employers in the region.