Discover how CU Boulder defines and supports public outreach and community engagement, work that plays a key role in our mission as a public research university.
Since 1912, the university has connected its resources to communities, influencing the development of higher education and public life in Colorado.
That’s why CU Boulder supports offices and networks that help faculty, staff and students partner with nonprofits, agencies, schools and more to address community needs and challenges.
Campus outreach and engagement offices
CU Boulder has many offices across campus that connect research, teaching and creative work with communities and support faculty, staff and students who do this work.
Office for Outreach and Engagement
This office is a campuswide resource that helps faculty and staff connect their research, teaching and creative work with public needs across Colorado and beyond, offering program development, funding, communications support and more. Our office manages this outreach programs website.
CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research
CU Engage, located within the School of Education, oversees multiple programs that help students and faculty apply what they learn on campus to complex community challenges.
Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
This office coordinates campuswide initiatives and programs that promote diversity and inclusive excellence, enhance campus climate and strengthen community engagement through community partnerships.
Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network
This network is designed for CU Boulder staff and faculty who manage outreach programs and community partnerships. Members meet regularly to share best practices, learn about current research and resources, participate in professional development programs and more.
Office of Government and Community Engagement
The office helps connect CU Boulder faculty and staff with local community leaders and policymakers and enhances existing outreach efforts.
This office cultivates and supports collaboration, transformation and leadership in ways that have global impact. At the heart of this focus are the diverse contributions of world-class experts, working together to accelerate ideas throughout the entire innovation lifecycle.
Outreach Strategy and Coordination Network
This network increases cross-campus communication about outreach and engagement efforts and shares resources, knowledge and best practices, so that CU Boulder leaders can work together to more effectively represent the university to all Colorado communities and positively impact Coloradans. The Office for Outreach and Engagement and Office of Government and Community Engagement coordinates this network. Contact us for more information.
The center connects CU Boulder students, faculty and staff to volunteer opportunities that positively impact communities. The center matches students with volunteer programs that best fit individual interests and offers leadership opportunities for students.