Our faculty, staff, and students continiously partner with and are creating new organizations around the city, state, nation, and world. We believe that education and experience can happen outside the walls of the classroom, so our department is busy building relationships with world-changing leaders in academia, community and social development, research, and many other disciplines. Take a look at where we're working on now, and feel free to get in touch if you have a bold new idea or want to join us!


The W. Norris Duvall Leadership Endowment Fund is a renewable trust established for the purpose of enhancing student leadership opportunities. Through the generosity and foresight of the late Mr. W. Norris Duvall, of Todd County, Kentucky, the W. Norris Duvall Endowment for Youth Leadership, Ethics and Service was established with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to support programs that assist students in developing leadership skills and a responsibility for ethical behavior. Each academic year the W. Norris Duvall Leadership Endowment Fund, administered through the Department of Community and Leadership Development, will be accepting requests for proposals. Learn more and find the application here.


The Community Innovation Lab (CIL) explores, applies and examines innovations associated with local, national, and international communities. We partner with people and communities to pioneer social change, both locally and internationally. Our focus is on three distinct, but connected, types of communities where development can be imagined, invested, and nurtured. For more information, please visit their website here or contact Dr. Bryan Hains.


The Kentucky: By The Numbers program is designed to address challenges associated with the changing landscape of secondary data by enhancing skills in using secondary data for local decision-making through county Extension agents, statewide programming, web access, and direct assistance. For more information, please visit the program's website here or contact Dr. Julie Zimmerman.


The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) emerged as a college level unit within the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2010. College administration recognized the need for both an internal source of professional development and instruction for students and county extension agents, as well as an external reach to Kentucky communities with programming and research that focused on community and economic development. In 2016, CEDIK has 3 faculty and 9 full time staff members dedicated to our vision of empowered people and thriving communities across the Commonwealth. For more information, please visit their website here or contact Dr. Daniel Kahl.