Upcoming Boyer Event

Flint Community/Higher Education Partnerships: A Community/University Conversation and Interactive Workshop

Friday, October 17, 2014
4:00-6:30 pm
Our Savior Lutheran Church
6901 N. Saginaw Street, Flint MI

Participants will:

  • Hear community and higher education leaders speak about how their groups and organizations are making change in Flint and potential alignment with the Imagine Flint Master Plan.  
  • Map the assets that participants could bring to the table for community/university collaboration (e.g. research interests and current work in Flint), with the Flint Master Plan as a framework for identifying partnership opportunities.
  • Network and begin to build relationships for potential partnerships.

This event was organized jointly by community leaders from grassroots networks such as Neighborhoods Without Borders, UM-Flint and MSU. The event is sponsored in part by the UM-Flint Office of the Provost through University Outreach’s Boyer Faculty Scholars Program.

Boyer Faculty Scholars Program Goal

The goal of the Boyer1 Faculty Scholars Program is to deepen the campus-wide discourse, practice, and recognition of the scholarship of engagement2 at UM-Flint.


  1. Strengthen community-engaged3 pedagogy and research practices,

  2. Cultivate faculty leadership for the “engaged citizenship” pillar of the campus mission, and

  3. Recognize and enable the contributions of community-engaged faculty.

The Boyer Faculty Scholars Program is brought to you by the Office of University Outreach and funded by the Office of the Provost

According to UM-Flint’s awarded application for the 2010 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement application, “All four academic units define scholarship broadly (after Boyer’s 1990 publication).”

The National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement defines the scholarship of engagement as “scholarship in the areas of teaching, research, and/or service. It engages faculty in academically relevant work that simultaneously meets campus mission and goals as well as community needs. In essence, it is a scholarly agenda that integrates community issues. In this definition, community is broadly defined to include audiences external to the campus that are part of a collaborative process to contribute to the public good.”

Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).