The Civic Engagement Strategy is a set of university-wide activities designed to deepen
the connection between the campus and our host community. With a focus on non-profit
and governmental partnerships, the strategy provides opportunities for UVU students
to learn, serve, and assist in the development of our civic culture. The university
also serves as a convening force to accelerate civil dialogue, social innovation,
and community service. Recognizing the vital role of the university in the well-being
of our region, UVU aims to leverage the creativity, expertise, and good will within
the university toward the betterment of our community.
As the flagship of the Civic Engagement Strategy, the University Project marshals
the resources of the university to identify and address a specific issue facing our
region. Through scholarly expertise, service learning, and targeted partnerships,
the project coordinates the efforts of students, faculty, staff, advisory boards,
and community leaders. Beginning in 2012, this multi-year project is currently focused
on advancing literacy and numeracy in elementary schools across our service region.
Public Service Academy
The Public Service Academy enables UVU students to apply advanced knowledge in their
field while creating public value for local government and non-profit organizations.
In partnership with these organizations, students receive compensation or internship
credit and gain critical experience in their field of study. Through a growing network
of organizations, the university is able to create a sustainable pipeline for students
entering professional life in the public sector.
Social innovation Incubator
The Social Innovation Incubator offers training, consultation, and incentives for
nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs. The incubator focuses on efforts
that possess the potential for significant social impact and student engagement. Over
fifty organizations have benefited from services designed to bolster their innovative
capacities, social value, and efficient use of resources. Activities include a summer
institute and seed grants for organizations showing exceptional promise.
The Social Summit convenes for-profit, nonprofit, government, K-12, and higher education
talent and resources into a united effort to address a pressing social issue facing
our service region. The summit serves to broaden the impact of the University Project
by drawing in a network of interested community partners. Co-sponsored by Utah Valley
University, United Way of Utah County, and the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, the
summit demonstrates the value of engaged university partnerships.
Utah Valley University plays a vital role in facilitating dialogue and debate within
our region. The campus is host to a variety of conferences, lectures, public policy
panels, and political debates. Issues include economic development, environmental
sustainability, religious diversity, ethics education, constitutional studies, and
peace-building. Events in the Civic Forum are free and open to the public and the
university encourages broad participation from a diversity of perspectives.
Beginning in 2011, UVU's President's Cabinet met for breakfast with approximately fifty community leaders from each Utah County community. These breakfasts were held at a facility in the community and were designed to gather input, share ideas, and identify ways to more effectively partner and collaborate with our regional stakeholders.