The Center for Rural Partnerships: Innovative Support and Scholarship for Local Communities
The Center for Rural Partnerships connects the needs and goals of rural communities to the research, outreach, and educational capacity of the University. Our partners include community groups, policy makers, schools, elected officials, health-care providers, economic developers, the arts, entrepreneurs, and others who are working together to promote a high quality of life in rural New Hampshire. Our work falls into three essential areas:
Partnership development: Using its knowledge base of partners and contacts, the Center creates opportunities for rural stakeholders to develop collaborative projects with the University’s students and faculty or with other regional partners.
Community-level applied research: The Center for Rural Partnerships is a catalyst for the development of engaged, community-driven rural scholarship. We help community partners develop research questions, identify funding sources, and partner with student and faculty researchers at both Plymouth State and other institutions.
Educational programming and workshop development: The Center works with community partners to create and present faculty-led workshops, civic engagement sessions, and educational programming across all disciplines and areas of expertise.
Since emerging from the Rural Matters Summit in 2006, the Center for Rural Partnerships has developed an innovative community engagement model that specifically supports the work of our partners while aligning with the outreach and engagement priorities of Plymouth State University. We welcome you to explore these pages, learn more about what we do, and contact us!