The Graduate Engagement Corps (GEC), a new program in the Office of Community Engagement that replaces the Obermann Center’s Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, provides graduate students interested in community engagement with training, networking and funding opportunities.

The GEC Orientation, scheduled January 10- 12th, is an introduction to the basic principles, methods and tools of publicly engaged teaching, research and partnership development. This Orientation is non-competitive and open to students in any graduate and professional program at the University of Iowa. Those who successfully complete the Orientation will be eligible to participate in workshops and apply for funding opportunities as a member of the Graduate Engagement Corps community.

The Orientation will be held in three half-days during the mornings of January 10th – 12th. The first two mornings will be held via Zoom, and the third morning (12th) will provide graduate students with the opportunity to visit partners in the community and learn about university-community partnership development. 


Schedule for Orientation

January 109:00am - 12:30pm, Community engaged teaching and learning (via Zoom)

January 119:00am - 12:30pm, Community engaged research (via Zoom)

January 12,  9:00am - 12:30pm, Developing community partnerships (visits to community partners in Iowa City area)


Please note that all 25 spaces for the orientation have been filled for the upcoming orientation. Please contact with questions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Nick Benson in advance at (319) 290-0006 or