The past decade has seen a revitalized interest in higher education institutions becoming active civic partners. UALR participates in several national associations, commissions, and organizations that support the work of engaged colleges and universities.
UALR is an active member of this national coalition of more than 860 college and university presidents that is committed to civic purposes of higher education. UALR participates in national conferences and utilizes materials that promote community service, that develop studentâ€™s citizenship skills and values, that encourage partnerships between campuses and communities, and assist faculties who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.
Gulf South Summit
Every year, UALR representatives join service-learning advocates and practitioners from regional universities and community-based organizations at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education. The summit provides a forum for discussion and creates opportunities for developing partnerships.
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
UALR is a charter member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), an international organization formed in 1991 to create a dialogue about and network for colleges and universities serving urban areas. The coalition seeks to position urban and metropolitan schoolsâ€™ issues on the agenda of federal higher education policymakers. CUMU also publishes the Metropolitan Universities Journal, an academic publication about community-based partnerships, research, and teaching, and teaching at urban and metropolitan universities.
Office of University Partnerships
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
UALR is one of more than 150 institutions in the country that has received a Community Outreach Partnership Center grant from HUD since 1996. As part of the HUD network, UALR participates in annual conferences, research projects, and networks to learn more about university-community partnerships.
American Democracy Project
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
UALR is an active partner in the American Democracy Project, a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The goal of the project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy.
Heart of Arkansas United Way
As a whole, UALR supports the United Way through an annual fundraising campaign, and OCE partners with United Way to support its members agencies by providing volunteers through its Volunteer Center.