Across the United States and Canada, CUMU member institutions are committed to place-based engagements and value them as a powerful way to connect the resources of the campus to the communities they serve to foster mutually-beneficial impacts.
A growing number of institutions are developing hyperlocal engagements—instances in which community engagement efforts are focused on a bounded area within a larger city or metropolitan region. These hyperlocal engagements often are supported by some form of built infrastructure such as a community engagement center. These hyperlocal commitments enable institutions to more closely track how it affects the area of engagement.
In spring 2019, Lina Dostilio, Ed.D., was named CUMU’s first research fellow. During her five-month appointment, Dostilio, associate vice chancellor for community engagement at the University of Pittsburgh, is working to establish a cross-city research agenda on the effects of hyperlocal engagement on community capacity.
Dostilio will present her findings at the CUMU Annual Conference in October 2019.