Stories of Impact

Thousands of hours of collaboration occurs each year between faculty, staff and students at the University of Iowa and community partners across the state. These partnerships result in projects, research, performances, events, and workshops that help build a brighter future for our university and our state. The impact of community engagement at Iowa can be experienced in the stories below.

Empowering Faculty

Iowa Manning Sculpture

Experienced Engagement Scholar Inspired by New Collaboration

After decades of teaching service learning courses, the Engaged Faculty Institute inspires Professor Frank Durham to begin organizing a working group.
Faculty Institute, Iowa City

The Power of Engaged Faculty

Area colleges and universities gather annually co guide and inform best practices for pedagogical development.

Transforming Student Learning

Yanet Velazquez

Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) helps Set Student's Career Path

Yanet Velasquez (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2020) clarified her career path, along with a desire to work in the Hispanic community, in Charles Connerly’s course Community Development in the Upper Midwest.
Megan Schott

Native Iowan Sees State and Potential with Fresh Eyes

Megan Schott's perspective shifted during the spring 2019 semester—and opened her professional pathway to new possibilities—when Schott saw a fresh side of Iowa’s cultural landscape.

Advancing Community Partnerships

Craig Syrop with students

Community Engaged Research Transforms Healthcare Delivery and Provider Education

Dr. Craig Syrop, MD, MHCDS, research intersects with medical student Jared Peterson to find links between gestational diabetes and food insecurity.
Public Art residency

Turning Scholarship into Action: Public Art Residency Advances Public Art in Iowa

Research presented during the Grant Wood Symposium: Art in Public manifests a Public Art Residency for UI students and murals and sculptures across Iowa.