The Michigan State University
Office of Outreach and Engagement adheres to the definition of engagement as
scholarship that cuts across teaching, research, and service and includes the
generation, transmission, application, and preservation of knowledge for the
benefit of those beyond the university. MSU University Outreach and
Engagement advocates relationships between the University and the public that
are reciprocal and mutually beneficial. The MSU University Outreach and
Engagement model relies on the co-creation and application of knowledge, a relationship that increases both
partners' capacity to address issues. The MSU University Outreach and
Engagement team includes Drs. Jessica Barnes and Hi Fitzgerald. They have
partnered with tribal communities in Michigan for over 11 years on research
regarding tribally based early childhood education.
State University Tribal Early Childhood Research Center partners include Drs.
Jessica Barnes and Hi Fitzgerald – both of whom have
been TRC partners since its inception as the American Indian and Alaska Native
Head Start Research Center in 2005.