Focus Areas

Focusing on what matters the most to rural Hoosiers

The Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University Bloomington brings together people, research, cultural assets, and expertise to improve quality of life and address challenges in rural Indiana. 

Together with our partners, we have become a national model for how universities can support the needs and futures of rural residents and communities.

Our impact

51,000+rural Indiana residents involved in more than 340 initiatives.

$28 million in grants and gifts secured with campus and community partners

4,000+students engaged in rurally focused projects and high-impact experiences

We're supporting the IU Bloomington 2030 Plan

Our initiatives are designed with rural communities at the forefront to increase Indiana’s vitality. From increasing access to health and mental wellness to creating thriving rural places, we work alongside Indiana’s residents and leaders to strengthen our state.

We provide professional pathways for students, engaging students in meaningful, high-impact educational experiences and helping to retain talent in the state.

We support faculty in community-engaged and participatory research and creative activity that translates to improved outcomes and understanding in rural communities.

Project spotlights

The Rural Placemaking Studio

Arts and culture

The studio addresses the state’s efforts to enhance quality of place, with a particular focus on rural communities. It also builds professional experiences for IU students who will make a direct—and visual—impact on our state.

Learn more about the studio

The Indiana Resilience Funding Hub

Community resilience

In collaboration with the Environmental Resilience Institute, we are connecting rural communities with federal resources to strengthen environmental resiliency. The hub provides communities with environmental expertise in preparing competitive grant applications.

Visit the hub

Daviess Advances Recovery Access Consortium


The consortium represents a commitment to strengthen recovery efforts through short-term activities and long-term planning. DARAC's work is rooted in input from community residents in response to substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery needs.

Connect with DARAC

Create thriving rural communities with us