Office of the Vice President

The Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement is the central administrative office with the mission to facilitate the use of university knowledge and resources to support effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to advance the mutual needs of the community and the university.  The office promotes transformative experiences for faculty, staff, and students through engaged scholarship, outreach, and service to address community issues both locally, regionally, and internationally.

A History of Engagement

  • 1848: Emergence as a public municipal university with a chief function to study the problems and meet the changing needs of Louisville
  • 1970: Merged with the state university system with an urban/metropolitan charge
  • 1997: House Bill 1 assigned UofL the mission of being the state's metropolitan university

Mission Statement

The University of Louisville pursues excellence and inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve its community through:
  1. teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional students in order to develop engaged citizens, leaders, and scholars
  2. practicing and applying research, scholarship and creative activity, and
  3. providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities
The University is committed to achieving preeminence as a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.

Where we are today

  • A national leader in engaged service & scholarship
  • UofL ranked 12th among nation's best colleges and universities by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) for its community engagement work and partnerships
  • Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification in 2008 and 2015
  • 2017 W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award for Exemplary Project: Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program
  • College Access programs nationally recognized for over 50 years of providing supportive services to first generation youth and their families
  • A major role in assisting the JCPS district and surrounding educational districts in improving both the quality and quantities of our communities teachers
  • Partnering with community locally, statewide, nationally & internationally
    • International work through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & International Affairs
    • Working in medically under-served areas of Kentucky through the School of Medicine's Area Health Education Centers
    • Local impact in west Louisville working with over 200 community partner organizations to improve health and quality of life since 2008

Vice President for Community Engagement, Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick

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