University Outreach engages with hundreds of community-based organizations each year. Most often that engagement involves students. We identify the needs, struggles, and common interests of our partners so we can best access collective resources. Through this process, community needs are met and students are transformed. By maintaining balanced partnerships with those we serve, University Outreach has built trusted relationships to benefit the greater community.
Building stronger connections between people, land and community is at the core of University Outreach work. Building upon Michigan’s rich history of resource conservation, University Outreach is concerned with the relationships between land, water, people and our state. We embrace contributing to healthy lifestyles and communities, while building a stronger, more resilient Michigan.
University Outreach promotes justice and fairness in our work. By acknowledging that all voices and viewpoints are important and valuable, we demonstrate our commitment to sharing power and challenging others to do the same. Providing access to University and community resources, fostering relationships, supporting partnerships, and promoting action contribute to a fairer, more just community.
University Outreach supports communities that are working to protect natural assets and rebuild their economies. We provide neutral spaces for those with resources and those with needs to come together to solve problems, which builds community. Our inclusive and solution-based approach helps unite communities, and builds local, regional, and national networks. These contribute to a positive and prosperous future for those we serve.
University Outreach supports innovation and creativity, and fosters a culture of entrepreneurship. Working collectively to develop and retain talent will lead us to a vibrant local community. Our Innovation Incubator helps students navigate the extraordinary economic challenges facing their communities.