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Community engagement

The University of Alabama’s community engagement efforts reflect its core mission to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama and beyond through innovative programs in teaching, research and service. 

community engagement at ua

UA prepares students to become productive, civic-minded citizens who serve their communities both now and in the future.

The base of Denny Chimes

The Division of Community Affairs helps the University fulfill its mission to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of Alabama through innovative programs that connect teaching, research and service in ways that improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.

Since 2008, The University of Alabama has held the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement, a distinction for higher education institutions that are committed to community engagement and whose work represents best practices in the field.

engaged scholarship

UA establishes partnerships that combine academic and community-based knowledge to improve the quality of life for all.

community-engaged learning

Engaged learning encourages diverse perspectives and student investment in their own education.

A student sits in front of a research project displayed on a video wall

High-impact teaching introduces field-based learning to give students direct experience with issues they are studying in the classroom. Students are provided opportunities to apply what they have learned in real-world settings and reflect critically on their service experiences.

community education

Our faculty, staff and students are committed to making a positive impact on Alabama’s children and the future of our state and region.

Civic engagement

UA fosters a thriving democratic society at the Capstone and beyond.

Students sit around a table during a cultural discussion event

Resources for civic learning and democratic engagement abound at UA, providing opportunities for young minds to develop both critical thinking and practical skills that prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s contributing members of society.

campus and community

Working together to address challenges and embrace opportunities that benefit Tuscaloosa and West Alabama