Public Engagement and Outreach

Communities and College of ACES students, faculty, and staff are enriched through outreach and service and partnerships with diverse groups. Reaching out through our various programs in Extension and Academic Programs to local and statewide communities in under-resourced neighborhoods strengthens relationships and helps ACES students, faculty, and staff better understand issues involving such groups and promote equity. 

Young children listening to educator in a garden setting.University of Illinois Extension conducts a wide variety of programs with Illinois residents, families, and communities, including Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Save our Urban Land, and Spanish Language Program. In diverse and underresourced neighborhoods surrounding the University of Illinois, there are community gardening projects and outreach to migrant families. ACES students and student clubs are encouraged to be actively engaged in the local community through Teach for America and activities at youth agencies, elderly homes, and other locales. Local residents are invited to participate in various events on campus.

You can help create greater awareness and understanding of the current resources available to community residents from the College of ACES and University of Illinois, promote better understanding, and can address issues throughout under-resourced communities involving children, youth, and families. Such engagement gives these neighborhoods a public voice where one does not always exist.

In partnership with University of Illinois Extension, the Office of Academic Programs's Diversity Office conducts several outreach efforts around the state:

  • Celebrate Youth Event at Shawnee College in Ullin, a two-day career awareness event in collaboration with Shawnee College and U of I Extension Unit 27.
  • Writing Competition on Agriculture and the Environment for seventh graders in Extension units located in Union, Johnson, Alexander, Pulaski, and Massac, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties.
  • Collaboration with the Agribusiness Council in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Recruitment events in St. Clair and Madison Counties which involve visits to local high schools, as well as sponsoring visits to Explore ACES and other campus events.