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Why focus on engagement? The term community engagement is so easy to say. The term connects people with each other, and it seems so simple, so natural and so human. We place the term community engagement before a convening, meeting or act as a symbol of our good intentions (Chavis & Lee, 2015). It conjures images of neighbors making and delivering food to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color advocating for equitable treatment of young Black men and residents at a county council meeting expressing their concerns about the lack of healthy and fresh food in the community. It is so common a term that we almost never define it or explain what we mean by it.