Building Relationships & Collaboration
The mission of the Office of Community Engagement is to build mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations between UNMC faculty, staff, and students and the communities we serve.
In 2015, UNMC became the first health care campus in the country to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Community Engaged Campus.
The office was officially founded in September 2015, however its roots go back to 2009 when the Service Legacy Academy, led by Dr. Ruti Margalit, founded the Legacy Projects. These projects are unique, interdisciplinary opportunities for UNMC students that provide engaging, educational programming and hands-on experience with our community.
Along with the overall administration of the Legacy Projects, the Office of Community Engagement seeks to form additional community partnerships and student learning opportunities.
- Bridge the scientific expertise of UNMC with the needs of our community for the benefit of all
- Connect UNMC students with community engagement opportunities both on and off campus
- Assist faculty with the development of co-curriculum community engagement opportunities
- Enrich faculty scholarship and research, and enhance student learning
- Prepare educated citizens with an increased civic responsibility
- Increase UNMC's and the public's awareness of social issues and the impact of community engagement programs
- Manage on-going community engagement statistical data and partnership opportunities
How We're Different from the Office of Community-Engaged Research
We are unique from the Office of Community-Engaged Research because our broad scope in connecting all areas of the health sciences goes beyond research. The Office of Community-Engaged Research promotes research addressing the social determinants of health in the Great Plains region through collaborative partnerships between researchers, patients, health care providers, and rural communities.
Clinical & Translational Science programs aim to strengthen and support the spectrum of translational research by accelerating the process of translating laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, training a new generation of clinical and translational researchers, and engaging communities in clinical research efforts.