Public Engagement

With Ithaca-based landlord and activist Ruth Yarrow, Kristinko Mato ’24 discusses a recently installed heat pump.

Engaged Cornellians

Leading positive change locally and globally

Public engagement is foundational to everything we do as an institution. By contributing to this deep-rooted university commitment, our students, faculty, staff and alumni — Engaged Cornell — are forging community partnerships, solving local and global challenges and creating knowledge to benefit humanity.

Rebekah Jones ’19 (left) and the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement’s Amy Somchanhmavong at the 2018 Community Engagement Showcase.
At the annual Community Engagement Showcase, engaged Cornellians connect on projects they’re pursuing with local partners around the globe.
From their first day through graduation, students have opportunities to engage with communities and make a difference in the world — through classes, labs, field research, study abroad and internships.

Connecting and Enriching Communities

Cornell relies on a robust exchange of ideas with the public to understand local needs, develop and implement solutions, and deepen community capacity. Building upon the unique strengths of our partners, our public engagement includes extension, outreach, policy briefings, solutions-oriented institutes and much more.

Cornell researchers use robots on the ground and drones in the air to monitor the quality and growth of crops at the Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, New York.



Serving New York State

As New York’s land-grant institution, with our Ithaca campus within the ancestral homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:Ɂ Nation, Cornell creates and disseminates knowledge that improves the quality of life for all people in our state. More about Cornell's New York State Impact.

Michelle Cronin and Tyler Hill stand beside a stream.

Get Involved

students in the Engaged Cornell Hub
Engaged Cornell Hub

The Engaged Cornell Hub is the front door for students to connect and learn more about public engagement at Cornell. In this open and collaborative space, students, faculty, staff and community partners can learn more about and become involved in a variety of engagement opportunities on and off campus.

Engaged Cornell Hub

The Engaged Cornell Hub, which is currently staffed virtually during the pandemic, is the front door for students to connect and learn more about public engagement at Cornell.