Community Engagement

The OSL supports and develops service-learning and academic initiatives that advance community engagement by the University of Georgia to improve student learning and promote the public good. This section of our website highlights some of the activities, pathways, supports, and recognitions relating to community engagement efforts.

According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, community engagement “describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”

The University of Georgia was recognized with the 2010 and 2020 elective Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation.

At UGA, community engagement work is carried out across campus in UGA’s schools and colleges, by Public Service and Outreach units, and through the efforts of the Office of Service-Learning, the Engagement, Leadership and Service office in Student Affairs, and the University Committee on Outreach and Engagement, convened by the Vice President for Public Service & Outreach.

To find out more about resources that exist within the community, see the other parts of our website, or contact us for recommendations!

UGA’s community engagement efforts have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation with the Community Engagement classification.

UGA has also been recognized with the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. UGA has received this honor every year since the Honor Roll was created.