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Who We Are

Founded in 2012, The University of Maryland's Office of Community Engagement (OCE) enhances University and community partnerships by sparking new ideas, cultivating connections, and supporting meaningful collaboration. We listen to community priorities, connect people with similar goals, amplify community voices, and mobilize volunteers to address critical resident-identified challenges and opportunities.

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Our Mission

The Office of Community Engagement connects the University of Maryland to surrounding neighborhoods by creating mutually collaborative educational, business, government, and community partnerships. 

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Our Vision

By cultivating strong, meaningful relationships, the Office of Community Engagement contributes to and champions the University's commitment to developing College Park and neighboring communities.

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Our Guiding Principles

  1. Respect for the diverse knowledge and experiences of residents
  2. Collaboration in all efforts
  3. Trust and transparency between campus and community partners
  4. Intentionality in efforts and energy
  5. Sustainability in all aspects of decision-making
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