Engagement and Service-Learning Summit

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 2:30-5:30 PM Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC)


Registration for the 2024 Engagement Summit is now closed. A waitlist has been established – please e-mail Lisa Duncan, llduncan@purdue.edu, if you would like to be added.


Join us for Giant Leaps, Local Impacts. Faculty, staff, students, and community partners are invited to leap forward for local impact and celebrate giant leaps for engagement in Greater Lafayette and beyond. Together we will celebrate the impact we made when we were apart, create new connections, and recognize incredible engagement work. The Summit will feature lightning talks by engaged faculty, staff, students, and community partners; networking activities; a student showcase; and happy hour.

Faculty and Staff

Connect with community partners and your engaged Purdue peers


Share your work and compete in the Student Engagement Showcase


Connect with faculty and staff and ignite your next collaboration

This was a wonderful way to get to know not just Purdue, but also the entire Lafayette community. Everyone was so interactive and collaborative. Great event overall!

Student Showcase

Students from across Purdue’s campuses are invited to showcase community engagement projects as part of service-learning courses or engagement activities. The top three presentations in each category (poster and creative display) will receive a cash prize. Learn more on the Showcase Info page. Access all the Showcase presentations on the 2024 Showcase Presentation Site.


2:30 – 2:45 PM – Welcome & Framing of the Summit

  • Alyssa Wilcox, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for Partnerships
  • Roberto Gallardo, Vice President for Engagement
  • Jennifer Dobb-Oates, Associate Vice Provost for World Readiness

2:45 – 3:45 PM – Lightning Talks by Engaged Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Partners

  • Nicole Adams, Nursing, “I’ve Got a Guy: Partnership beyond acquaintance”
  • Emmanuel Babalola, Curriculum & Instruction, “From Little Explorers to Future Scientists: Nurturing early interest in STEM with ‘Physics is Fun’ project”
  • Harris Collins, Honors College, “Centering the Urban Periphery” Service Learning and Community Engagement in Your Own Backyard”
  • Erin Hoying, Nursing, “From Playgrounds to Teddy Bears: Creating and maintaining a meaningful community partnership”
  • Jason McManus, Wabash Center, “Life Without Limits: How academic inquiry, innovation, and technology are changing the game for people with disabilities”
  • Sandra San Miguel, Veterinary Medicine, “The League of VetaHumanz: Using our powers for good!”

3:45 – 4:00 PM – Networking Activities

4:00 – 5:15 PM – Happy Hour & Student Showcase

5:15 – 5:30 PM – Student Showcase Awards & Closing

5:30 PM – Summit Ends

Contact and Event Location

For more information: Robert Elliott, Lead Events Planner, relliot@purdue.edu

Event: Discovery Learning and Research Center (DLRC), 207 S. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Parking: Discovery Parking Lot, 298 Nimitz Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907