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Community Engagement Center: Volunteer Portal




U-TuRN, a University Translational Research Network at Iowa State University, is a community outreach and service initiative dedicated to using science-driven practices to enhance impact in communities. Disseminating evidence-based programs, supporting community-campus partnerships, and enhancing the student learning experience through service learning are the key programming strategies for U-TuRN since they provide mutual benefits to the community, students, and university. Community partners, in turn, benefit from the expertise and passion of students working through their organizations. Students benefit from the opportunities to apply their knowledge and skill in real world applications and to gain professional experience. Together, both of these help to drive the success of the university and deliver on the land grant mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders. You can learn more about U-TuRN at our website

U-TuRN follows guidelines and principles from the National CCPH Organization. Key strategic goals for U-TuRN are to:

  • Leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges
  • Ensure that community-driven social change is central to the work of community-academic partnerships
  • Build the capacity of communities and academic institutions to engage each other in partnerships that balance power, share resources, and work towards systems change

If you're interested in using GivePulse to promote and track a program (students orgs, volunter efforts), research lab or project, or conduct service learning email

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