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The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), an advisory group to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on policies and programs to enhance the inclusion of underrepresented groups in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has released its latest biennial report to Congress. Acknowledging NSF’s efforts to increase diversity in STEM fields, the latest report builds on a call to action from the 2011-2012 report to Congress by setting forth a framework to improve opportunities and address barriers at all educational levels. Click here to learn more about CEOSE and to access the most recent biennial report.

MBDA Announces New Grant Competition to Create Jobs and Grow Businesses
The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) launched a search for prospective partners to operate their newly improved business center program. MBDA plans to award 29 individual cooperative agreements to operate MBDA Business Centers beginning April 1, 2016. Prospective applicants for the MBDA Business Center program competition are encouraged to participate in a Pre-Application Conference scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

2015 CUMU Engagement Academy
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is partnering with the University of Nebraska, Omaha to lead the CUMU Engagement Academy from October 9 through October 11, 2015. The event will provide professional and institutional development opportunities managed by leading community engagement scholars and practitioners. Participants will develop action plans and the necessary skills for implementation of engagement strategies that fit the mission of their institutions.

For more information about the conference or to register, please click here.

Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement
A White Paper produced for the National Science Foundation (NSF), “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement,” by Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor, and Myra Burnett presents a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. This paper advances both the understanding and practice in the field by presenting key findings and recommendations for effective higher education-community engagement in STEM.

Call for Papers— The Ninth Biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference
The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System invite paper submissions for the ninth biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. This conference is a unique event that aims to bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice on key issues facing the country. High-quality and emerging research is presented in a dialogue with policymakers and community practitioners who can utilize the lessons gleaned from research. Abstracts are due September 8, 2014, and full drafts must be submitted by March 2, 2015.
For more information about the conference and submitting a paper/abstract please click here.

Journal of Higher Education, Outreach & Engagement
This volume of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement emerges from the growing need to share experiences, challenges, successes and strategies of anchor institution-community partnerships. As interest in the role and value of anchor institutions for community and economic development continues to grow, so does the need to improve and share our knowledge about what it takes to create and sustain collaborative strategies.

Anchor Institutions: An Interpretive Review Essay
“Anchor Institutions: An Interpretive Review Essay” seeks to evaluate the current state of knowledge on anchor institutions. As capital fled urban places, as the federal government devolved many of its responsibilities down to the state and local levels, and as the economy became dominated by the service and knowledge sectors, anchor institutions emerged as a new stabilizing force and change agent in U.S. society. Anchor institutions, however, have a mission greater than just participating in the stabilization and development of communities, cities, towns, villages, and rural areas.

Community Development Block Grant Program—Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for Entitlement Communities
This Guide is designed to help public officials and citizens understand what activities are eligible to be assisted under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program and to guide them in making wise choices among certain alternatives available within the program for carrying out particular activities.

HUD Forms Resource
The HUD Forms Resource provides Portable Document Format (PDF) and, in some instances, Microsoft Word versions of forms required by HUD progams or protocol.

OMB Circulars: Educational and Nonprofit Institutions Documents

Census Tract Street Locator
This source is useful for people applying for grants from institutions that must prove they serve a certain poverty group. Simply enter in a street address and ZIP code, and a list will be generated of census tracts surrounding that location. Profile options are available for each search result, including information on race, income distribution, education level, household income, etc.

Directory of Development Associations
The directory lists more than 18,500 individual contacts of organizations that offer (non-)financial support, information, and advice to the enterprise sector.

Education for Sustainable Development Tool Kit
A new toolkit has been developed to help both educators and community leaders create locally relevant educational materials concerning sustainable development.

Working Guidelines for Community-University Partnerships from University of Tennessee Knoxville
Adapted from a Wingspread meeting via Lucie White (October 1999)
These guidelines are designed to be adapted by each partnership to its own conditions and circumstances and to function as an approach for action, not as a rigid prescription.