The Office of Community Engagement at OU-Tulsa serves to facilitate collaborations and interactions among its faculty, staff, and students with the many communities that exist in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, the United States, and abroad.
We define community as a grouping of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common perspectives, and engage in joint action.1 A community has varying degrees of these groupings, ranging from subsets or smaller parts of the community to larger collectives of multiple communities. Communities range from geographical to virtual to philosophical and so much more.
Our vision is to see OU-Tulsa fully integrated with all aspects of the various communities of which it is a part and work together with its diverse members to address its most pressing needs, concerns, issues, and challenges. This is achieved by combining the distinct talents, knowledge, skills, and passion of everyone involved to achieve the greatest social outcomes.
The mission of the Office of Community Engagement is to support and advance thoughtful, deliberate, reciprocal, and inclusive collaborations between and among OU-Tulsa and the community to address real-world problems locally, regionally, and globally through education, research, entrepreneurial partnerships, and outreach.
1. MacQueen, K.M., McLellan, E., Metzger, D.S., Kegeles, S., Strauss, R.P., Scotti, R., Blanchard, L., & Trotter, R.T. (2001). What is community? An evidence-based definition for participatory public health. American Journal of Public Health, 91, 1929-1938.