Student Engagement

IA fosters vibrant networks of graduate and undergraduate students from our member institutions. We aim for these networks to be a collaborative, sustainable, and action-oriented conduit for changing academic cultures and practices and strengthening civic life.

In recent years, an increasing number of students have attended IA’s annual conference. Their dynamic participation and critical feedback has increased the role of students in IA’s leadership structure, including the national advisory board.

Page Fellows


When IA launched in 1999, the national conversation about the state of higher education included deep concern for the future of graduate education, especially in the humanities—in large part as a result of the acute job crisis.

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PAGE is a peer network organized not by an individual director, but instead by a rotating cohort of PAGE alumni who share responsibility for mentoring and designing support structures for each new cohort of fellows.

Meet Them

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Imagining America invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship or artistic practice to apply for the PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive a travel stipend to attend a Fellows Summit during the national conference.

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JGS Fellows

Thanks to a generous grant from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation (JGS), each year IA awards scholarships to students at member campuses who serve their local communities through programs in photography or media arts.

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Applications for the 2015 JGS Fellows program are now closed. The application for the next JGS Fellows cohort will be made available in April 2016.

Criteria for the student awardees include:

  • Financial need
  • Artistic merit
  • Quality of community-engaged practice



Engagement Scholars

The Imagining America Engagement Scholars program provides recent Syracuse University graduates with a transition from undergraduate study to becoming civic-minded professionals in Central New York and beginning graduate studies at Syracuse University. Building on their publicly engaged undergraduate educations, Engagement Scholars gain support to find and create pathways to begin careers in their chosen fields.

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Student Leader Stories

Students are bringing their knowledge to collaborations with community members to address important community-identified problems and opportunities. Students are defining the leading edge of publicly engaged scholarship and creative practice through leadership in the arts, humanities, and design disciplines.


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