Connecting CLAS with the state of Iowa and beyond

As home to the broadest disciplinary array of programs at the University of Iowa, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences plays a central role in supporting the work of faculty, students, and staff in building university partnerships with communities throughout the state and beyond.

Community engagement in liberal arts and sciences

Engagement news

Iowa Summer Writing Festival alumna publishes debut novel with HarperCollins

Monday, February 26, 2024
Eighteen years after her first time at the Festival, Amanda Churchill published her first novel.

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival returns to Iowa City in July

Thursday, June 15, 2023
The popular writing festival has continued online but is offering in-person workshops for the first time since 2019.

CLAS honors faculty with 2023 teaching, engagement, and outreach awards

Monday, May 15, 2023
Nine faculty members were nominated by their colleagues and received these prestigious, annual awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Community-engaged research

As part of their academic work at a public university, many of our faculty, staff, postdocs, and students engage with local, national, and international communities as they pursue Community Engaged Scholarship (CES) and Community Engaged Learning (CEL) and incorporate public engagement into their funded research and scholarship.

Future initiatives

Goal: Support the work of faculty, students, and staff in building partnerships with communities throughout the state, region, and nation

  • Strategy 1: Build a community of alumni partners to enhance the overall educational mission and student professional development
  • Strategy 2: Integrate outreach and community-engaged research into the undergraduate and graduate curricula
  • Strategy 3: Promote the impactful nature of outreach and community-engaged scholarship and teaching
  • Strategy 4: Generate revenue to promote outreach and community-engaged research


Outreach and engagement programs

4,000 +

Iowans served annually by Communication Sciences and Disorders camps and clinics


Hawk-Eyes on Science events

Events held at Iowa schools and communities


People engaged in Iowa and beyond through Magid Center writing programs

2021 data

Get Involved

The UI Office of Community Engagement bridges the university and the community, offering training, workshops, informational resources, and expertise.