High School Seminar 

The High School Seminar Program uses Colgate’s resources to benefit the region by introducing area high school students to college-level topics that are not available at their schools. It also encourages college attendance by providing them with the opportunity to experience a taste of life on a college campus. Faculty members are invited to teach a 3-class course to local high school students. For more information, reach out to highschoolseminar@colgate.edu.

Service-Learning Course Development Grant

The COVE and the Upstate Institute, in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, offer course development grants to support Colgate faculty with teaching interests that involve community engagement. These grants include a faculty stipend and support for course-related expenses to develop a new class, a revised class, or an existing class that has included service-learning projects and received course development funding in previous semesters. We look for proposals that engage students in community outreach and fit the objectives outlined in the grant proposal. Applications due November 10, 2023. Contact Jeremy Wattles at jwattles@colgate.edu with further questions.



Each year, while they move off campus, the COVE encourages students to donate unwanted items to local non-profit organizations. Faculty, staff, and students work together to collect and sort these items in Starr Rink to be collected by those organizations. Last year, the COVE distributed more than $60,000 worth of items to the local community. Contact Sarah Sparber at ssparber@colgate.edu to volunteer for the program.

Afternoon of Service 

The COVE invites the campus community to join in the national days of service surrounding 9/11 and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students, faculty, and staff dedicate an afternoon to volunteering with local community partners.

Faculty Resources

The COVE has compiled a list of links and documents to assist faculty should they wish to pursue publicly engaged teaching, learning, and research. We are here to support and imagine possibilities with any and all faculty who wish to explore answers to the enduring question: what is the public purpose of higher education?

Faculty Resources