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About the Office

The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach (OCEO) was established in 2013 as part of UT’s intention to more deeply integrate community engagement with its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and outreach.

OCEO fosters UT’s land-grant mission by connecting university knowledge with community knowledge in mutually beneficial ways. We provide resources to assist UT administration, academic departments, faculty and staff to address issues of concern to society by encouraging and supporting external partnerships that co-generate, apply, transmit and preserve knowledge.

Now recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation, UT is one of only 52 universities to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity.”

In all of its work, OCEO emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, reciprocal, and anchored in scholarship.