The UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial is an important milestone in this institution’s history. As part of its celebration, the Sesquicentennial Committee sponsored two events, a morning symposium, "Valuing Engagement" and an afternoon workshop "Making It Work: Community Engagement in Research, Teaching and Service." Engaged scholarship was at the core of the land grant mission on which UMass Amherst was founded in 1863 and remains a core value for the campus 150 years later.
The two complementary events were designed to engage senior campus leadership, faculty, staff, students, and community partners in strategic discussions on national best practices in Community Engagement for Research, Teaching, and Service. They also served to convene the campus as it prepares to resubmit its application for the Carnegie Foundation’s “Community Engaged University” voluntary designation, initially awarded to the campus in 2008. The events were organized by the Faculty Senate’s Outreach Council and the Provost’s Committees on Service Learning and on Community Engagement.