Community Partner Resources

Resources to engage students in the mission of your organization through meaningful community engagement experiences.

Each semester, WSU students seek out opportunities to engage with their community. These opportunities range from one-time service projects, volunteer events, service-learning course projects, community-based research opportunities, and semester-long service-learning internships. 

Latest News

View the latest community engagement news from the Center for Civic Engagement.

Becoming a Community Partner

Is your community-based organization interested in providing opportunities to WSU students? Please complete the following:

  1. Read our Community Partner Welcome Letter.
  2. Complete the New Community Partner Request Form to initiate a partnership with WSU.

Recruit Students with GivePulse

Learn how to use GivePulse to recruit WSU students to participate in your organization.

Program Options for Students

View the several types of community engagement options available to our students.  

Best Practices

Learn about a set of guiding principles and best practices to create a meaningful student experience. 

Additional Resources

The resources and websites linked below have been compiled to assist community organizations with providing meaningful engagement opportunities for students and navigating campus partnerships.

Community Assessments



  • Asset Based Community Engagement in Higher Education, John Hamerlinck & Julie Plaut (2014)
  • Community Partner Guide to Campus Collaborations: Enhance Your Community by Becoming a Co-Educator with Colleges and Universities, Christine Cress et al. (2015)
  • Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good, E. Gordon Gee and Stephen M. Gavazzi (2018)
  • The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage: Taking Campus-Community Outreach and Engagement to the Next Level, Stephen Gavazzi (2015)
  • The Promise of Partnerships: Tapping into the College as a Community Asset, Jim Scheibel et al. (2005)
  • The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning, Randy Stoecker et al. (2009)

Documents & Articles

  • Freeman, N. L. (2003). A Meeting of Minds: A Handbook for Community-Campus Engagement. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Raleigh, NC.
  • Liederman, S., Furco, A., Zapf, J. and Goss, M. (2002). Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives. The Council of Independent Colleges. Washington, D.C.
  • Powers, P. and Rothengast, M. (2004). Connecting Communities with Colleges & Universities: Strategies to Strengthen Local Promise Efforts through Higher Education Involvement. Campus Compact and America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth. Alexandria, VA.
  • Sandy, M. (2007). Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships. California Campus Compact. San Francisco, CA.
  • WSU Center for Civic Engagement. (2008). Beyond Traditions: Taking Service Learning to the Next Level. Washington State University. Pullman, WA.

Community-Based Research (CBR)