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Community Impact Lab

A cross-campus research center dedicated to public and community-engaged scholarship

The current deadline for applications is November 1, 2021. Submission instructions and requirements can be found in the Application Guidelines.

The Community Impact Lab is a cross-campus research center dedicated to public and community-engaged scholarship. Starting in 2019, a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff developed the program which strengthens Rollins by leveraging our existing programs in social impact, community engagement, and student-faculty collaborative research, as well as the new facilities of Kathleen W. Rollins Hall. Take a look at the Program Infographic to learn more!

The Community Impact Lab supports teams of students, faculty, staff, and community partners working together on collaborative research and product development projects that support the common good and greatest needs in Central Florida and beyond.

Faculty looking for support with finding community organizations to collaborate with, connect with the Rollins Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.

Past Successes

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Dr. Sarah Parsloe, Department of Communication
Community Partner | Chance 2 Dance
“C2D wanted data to understand the impact of its programming on students with disabilities to make improvements and to demonstrate their value to potential funders. My RCC students and honors student, Heidi Po, worked with C2D to develop interview guides and interview parents and community partners.
"The students presented their findings to C2D, and Heidi produced an in-depth thematic analysis of all data and written summary for her thesis and C2D." 

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Dr. Nolan Kline, Department of Anthropology
Community Partners | Hope Community Center & Farmworker Association of Florida
"Together, we designed a research project that responded to the organizations’ needs providing a report for the organizations, a thesis for the student researcher, and scholarly products featuring the student, faculty member, and community organization leaders.

"All collaborating parties were equal partners from design to dissemination."

Many Methods Align

Research, design, and problem-solving approaches in a variety of disciplines can be effectively utilized in the program. Similarly focused on empathy and collaboration, these methods and many more (CCAT, Activist Anthropology, etc) overlap and align with one other:

  • Participatory design
  • Participatory action research
  • Human-centered design
  • Equity-centered design
  • Community-based participatory research

Learn more about submitting research.