FACULTY MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Lucy Mule's Year in Kenya by Lucy Mule, Faculty Co-Director of the CCC This past year, I spent my sabbatical learning about community engagement higher education institutions in Kenya. As a visiting professor at Kenyatta University (KU), I found a home in the University’s Directorate of Community Outreach and Extension Programmes (COEP), which is the counterpart of Smith College’s Center for Community Collaboration. Although as an alumna I knew KU well, my interest in it as a sabbatical destination was sparked when Smith College and Kenyatta University were brought together through The Talloires Network to apply for a grant aimed at supporting community engagement in the respective campuses. Although the grant was not successful, the process of applying provided participating faculty and staff with the opportunity to know each other via long distance teleconferencing and to learn about efforts at each other’s campus for institutionalizing community engagement. That all this was done through teleconferencing did not make it any less useful. Throughout the year, I participated in various activities in the Directorate, including serving on the COEP Board; participating in the orientation program KU students engaged in community service; and participating in community service activities. I also collaborated with KU faculty on a number of research projects. One research project examined the impact of students’ community service and resulted in a paper: “Enhancing Graduate Employability through Community Engagement: A Case Study of Students’ Community Service at Kenyatta University.” Another project involved collaborating with two faculty members of COEP to research community engagement policies and practices in six Kenyan universities. After visits to—and conversations with faculty and staff in—these institutions, our research team proposed an improved community engagement model at Kenyatta University. The proposal was submitted to the University Management for consideration. Now back at Smith and immersed in my regular duties of teaching and co-directing the Center for Community Collaboration at Smith, I look back and appreciate the way this opportunity broadened and deepened my knowledge of community engagement in an international context. Above all, I feel humbled by the hospitality and collegiality that was extended to me by the faculty and staff with whom I interacted at KU.