Building Strong Communities

The Office of Community Engagement facilitates connections between the University of Maryland and its surrounding neighbors.  Established in 2012, the office has contributed to the University of Maryland public service mission by creating mutually beneficial education, business, government, and community partnerships.

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Office of Community Engagement (OCE)
by the Numbers


Campus / Community Connections
Total Volunteers Gathered
"Making a Difference (MD)" Awards Given
Faculty / Staff Supporters
Annual OCE Investment in the Community
Total Volunteer Hours Organized


Creating A College Town Out of College Park
UMD President Dr. Wallace Loh discusses the benefits and challenges of creating connections between the University, local businesses and communities. 
April 5, 2018
La Universidad de Maryland quiere más estudiantes latinos 
Office of Community Engagement Director Gloria Aparicio Blackwell discusses access the Latino community has to UMD in an interview with El Tiempo Latino.
January 17, 2018
University of Maryland honored faculty, staff and community partners for their work 
University of Maryland faculty, staff and other members of the community gathered Tuesday to honor those who have exemplified extraordinary service to the university and the surrounding community.
December 5, 2017
University of Maryland Joins Food Recovery Network to Provide Hurricane Relief and Local Food Access
UMD and the local community will participate in a virtual food drive aimed at providing over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce to those in need.
September 27, 2017
College Park’s Thirsty Thursdays will rotate restaurants each month
UMD and the College Park Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee build community while supporting local food merchants.
September 22, 2017
PDF iconCollege Park Dream Team establishes mentoring and tutoring program after five years of success for local youth
CP Dream Team celebrates five years of relationship building between youth and local law enforcement with basketball.
September 5, 2017
College Park Community Food Bank serves local families in need
University of Maryland students volunteer their time working at the food bank.
April 13, 2017
Sixth Annual Good Neighbor Day Unites Community through Service
Over 700 volunteers participated in 11 community service projects across Greater College Park.
April 11, 2017

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Good Neighbor Day 2017 - Highlights


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