Civic Engagement at UVU
UVU’s Civic Engagement Strategy is a companion initiative to the Business Engagement
Strategy and is designed to connect with the governmental and nonprofit organizations
on issues of public interest.
Public Service Academy
The public sector corollary of Project ACT, the Public Service Academy engages students
from all disciplines in impactful client projects with local nonprofit and government
partners. At the close of the Spring 2013 Semester, PSA has completed 25 student-run
projects with 10 clients, engaging students and faculty from 7 separate academic departments.
Social Innovation Incubator
The Social Innovation Incubator offers training and incentives to nonprofit and for-profit
social entrepreneurs as well as established nonprofit organizations. SCI is designed
to bolster social value, efficient use of resources, and contribute to long-term
sustainability and capacity. To-date, over 50 nonprofit organizations have benefited
from these services.
This annual summit is designed to weld 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 Social Summit will largely serve to broaden the
impact of the University Project by drawing in a network of interested community partners.
Starting in 2011, UVU’s President’s Cabinet has convened breakfast meetings with
business and civic leaders from each of our a Utah County communities. These meetings
have been designed to gather input, share ideas, and identify ways to more effectively
partner and collaborate with our regional stakeholders.
The University Project is designed to marshal the resources of the university to identify and solve a specific
issue in our region that requires the expertise of UVU faculty, staff, students, industry
partners, and community volunteers. The university works with faculty, staff, advisory
boards, and community leaders to identify an issue that requires 1) interdisciplinary
expertise and 2) cooperation between students, faculty, staff, and community organizations. In
August, 2012, UVU launched a University Project to advance literacy and numeracy among
elementary schools in our service region.