Welcome to the inaugural publication of ENGAGE! IUPUI’s first journal dedicated to community-engaged and community-based participatory research. IUPUI is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as an urban-serving research and health sciences university. This issue is dedicated to celebrating the campus’ 50th anniversary and recognizing its decades of public facing scholarship.
Community-engaged research (CER) in city settings is focused on the processes and results of inquiry-focused relationships between community partners and representatives of the university. Guiding principles of social justice, mutuality, and reciprocity are practiced through dialogue, co-learning, and long-term commitments to participation. In the urban setting, community-engaged research is attentive to the rich diversity of cultures and languages as well as poverty and wealth; to privilege and marginalization. CER practices are equity-driven and intentionally change-oriented. This means acknowledging issues of power and the critical importance of cultural humility.