Leading the way to a thriving Indiana

We are actively engaging IU Bloomington faculty, whose research and service intersects with the center’s strategic goals and can directly benefit rural Indiana.


We are an active partner in community-engaged research, teaching, and service projects.

Research and direct collaboration projects

Faculty or campus organizations interested in submitting a project proposal can contact Todd Burkhardt, Director of Campus Partnerships, at toddburk@iu.edu to learn about eligibility, use of funds, proposal requirements, the award process, and more.

Explore current projects

Sustaining Hoosier Communities

As a strong partner and dedicated neighbor, faculty collaborate with community leaders to develop course-based deliverables that address community-identified issues and opportunities while giving students a high-impact learning experience.

Sustaining Hoosier Communities offers resources and support to faculty as they collaborate with communities. Sustaining Hoosier Communities staff will coordinate logistics such as transportation, meeting space, hospitality, assessment, and media relations. Download the faculty resource guide to learn more.


We expand knowledge and skill development among campus stakeholders

Training and advising on community development methodologies

We can support your community collaborations by sharing effective techniques that elevate the community’s voice and vision. Learn more about Strategic Doing and Asset-Based Community Development.

Presentations and seminars featuring IU and community experts

We host informative sessions, workshops, and conferences that examine important rural issues and highlight emerging opportunities. See what events we have currently scheduled.


We support networking between campus and communities

Rural colloquium series

The Center for Rural Engagement hosts a rural colloquium series to inspire connections between faculty work at IU and community opportunities in rural Indiana.

Video recordings of past colloquium events are available to stream anytime. Signup is available if you would like to receive an invitation to future colloquium events.

Get invited

Connect with Hoosiers across the state who are working on common issues. See what events we have currently scheduled.

Referrals and connections

We work alongside rural community leaders and residents across the state. Contact us if we can facilitate an introduction.

Media support

Whether you’re interested in sharing your story with the Center for Rural Engagement, or you need other media support, our communications team is here to help.

We can offer insights and advice as you develop your grant proposal. Contact us if you are interested in collaborating on a grant you are planning.

Partner with us to improve Hoosier lives