Building Impactful Partnerships
OU Community Engagement focuses on reciprocity, long-term partnerships and cultural humility, cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and the University.
OU works with non-profits, schools and community organizations to understand their needs and priorities. Faculty and students look for opportunities for engaged learning and research to impact positive social change.
- Partnerships form to serve a specific purpose and may take on new goals over
- Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, measurable outcomes and
accountability for the partnership.
- The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect,
genuineness, and commitment.
- The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also works to
address needs and increase capacity of all partners.
- The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among
partners to be shared.
- Partners make clear and open communication an ongoing priority by striving to
understand each other's needs and self-interests, and developing a common
- Principles and processes for the partnership are established with the input and
agreement of all partners, especially for decision-making and conflict resolution.
- There is feedback among all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of
continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
- Partners share the benefits of the partnership's accomplishments.
- Partnerships can dissolve and need to plan a process for closure.