Creating lasting connections across communities

We’re actively engaging the talent and commitment of community partners in all areas of society, such as government, health care, education, nonprofits, and private organizations, and others.

Together, in collaboration with university faculty, students, and staff, we are accomplishing a wide range of community goals across rural Indiana.

Sustaining Hoosier Communities

The Center for Rural Engagement selects a new community in the Indiana Uplands each year to be the partner for Sustaining Hoosier Communities. A request for proposals is released and closed in the fall.

Coordinating committees bring together community members—such as public employees, elected officials, non-profit professionals, business owners, and residents—to drive the application process and share in the collaborative experience between the community and IU.

Student Agile Response Team (START)

Nonprofits and businesses across our region are continuing to step up and serve our communities during a global pandemic full of unanticipated challenges. We are working together to leverage the vast skills, passion, and time of our students to efficiently and effectively support our communities in getting back on their feet and creating a better, stronger future.

Learn about the Student Agile Response Team

Community arts leaders attend tour of IU campus.

Quality of Place Steering Committees

Quality of Place steering committee members work closely with IU staff to help connect the university with the community, plan and host events, craft proposals and grant applications, and represent our work at both formal and informal meetings.

Committee members meet bi-monthly or as scheduled and visit the IU Bloomington campus once or twice per year. Members are also given a chance to pursue educational opportunities and leadership workshops in arts administration at IU and elsewhere.

Data services

Data services are available to support community members with finding data resources, gathering data for projects focused in southern Indiana, and providing simple, descriptive visualizations.  Request data and visualizations using our data request form.

Request data services

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