Office staff talking with a community partner outside.

Our Office

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE), previously known as the Office of Outreach and Engagement, works to facilitate the development of mutually beneficial partnerships between faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa with community partners across our state, nation, and world. The office facilitates trainings and workshops and provides informational resources and expertise that empowers faculty, staff, and students to transform their teaching and research to make lasting change and a positive impact in our world.  

Office Values  

Relationships 

  • We facilitate the development of enduring relationships between faculty, staff and students and community partners.  

  • We involve students in worthwhile work that is meaningful to their education and career goals. 

  • We support faculty in their teaching and research missions and ensure development of sustainable partnerships 

Respect 

  • We embrace the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and approaches of our university and community partners and recognize that these differing perspectives are essential to the success of community engagement at Iowa.  

Humility 

  • We work collaboratively with campus and community partners by listening and responding to their expressed needs.  

Excellence 

  • We exhibit professionalism in all our interactions and deliver high quality work to our campus and community partners that is grounded in community engaged scholarship and research.   

Creativity 

  • We value creative, innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to this work.