How We Work

The Division of REED works though both a central office and its reporting units. The office bridges individual units to campus administration and sets strategy for meeting the university mission of service. The connector for community members who seek to engage university assets to support work on dogged community problems, REED serves as a front door to university.

REED overview graphic: REED at the center surrounded by Faculty Research, Student Service Learning, Community Partners and Community Needs


  • While all Kansans, benefit indirectly from the community engagement and economic development undertaken by REED, several community stakeholder groups are direct service recipients. The following is a list of exemplars followed by a short list of those benefits. 
    • Students (WSU, MS, HS, Foster)
    • Community (members, boards, partners, Medicaid recipients, survivors of abuse/exploitation/trafficking, prospective business owners, parents/families)
    • WSU Campus Community
    • Small Businesses
    • Non-Profit Orgs
    • Public Schools (Wichita, Garden City, Topeka, etc.)

Key Partners

Key to the Division operations model is the solicitation and management of partnerships with persons and entities who share a like vision for the possibilities. The following is a short list of partnerships that the Division, in some cases because of the reporting units, enjoy.

  • Wichita State: WSU Institute for Innovation, WSU Strategic Initiatives, WSU admin offices
  • Governments & Agencies: City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, State of KS (Commerce, KDHE, KDADS, DCF), USA,
  • Associations and Non-Profits: GWP, Finance, Clerks City/County Managers