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Stone Soup Program

Background

In the legend, hungry travelers started soup from a stone and convinced the villagers to contribute what they could, making enough to benefit the whole community. The UND Center for Community Engagement uses the tale to remind students, faculty, and community members what good can come if we all do our part.

We believe in the role of the Center to make the legend happen. The Center connects students and faculty to projects in our community. Imagine students helping their geography professor map improvements in the Near North Neighborhood in Grand Forks, mentoring New Americans who have come here from places around the world, and helping market Special Olympics. These are the kinds of projects the Center for Community Engagement helps make happen through its Stone Soup Fund.

The Stone Soup Program has three components: the annual Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards Program, held each November in celebration of community-university partnerships and the Stone Soup Fund, which provides funding to faculty members who utilize service-learning in the community or public scholarship in their research.