The Chancellor's Welcome
Welcome! The Community Engagement Center (CEC), opening spring of 2014, will serve as both the front door to the campus and as the university's signature outreach venue. The CEC will support expansion of university-community partnerships, help meet growing demands for community meeting and planning space and extend the campus' logistical resources to its community partners. UNO is among a vanguard of universities throughout the nation committed to a dynamic civic engagement agenda, and, accordingly, the CEC will play a vital role in UNO achieving its significant community outreach goals. UNO will be one of the few civically engaged universities to have a dedicated facility for this endeavor.
-Dr. John Christensen
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is proud to announce that it successfully completed its first round of applications for space at the new Community Engagement Center. The CEC will house both external community organizations and internal (UNO) organizations. Its goal is to increase collaboration between university faculty, students and non-profit organizations. As partners in the CEC, these organizations will have access to UNO resources such as its nationally recognized Service Learning Academy, its Office of Civic and Social Responsibility and student leadership programs, nonprofit capacity building and technical assistance resources, and campus life. “We are thrilled to have such a great variety of organizations represented in our first round of partners” said Sara Woods, Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement at UNO. “Each organization brings unique perspectives on community issues, expertise, and commitment to our shared values. We can’t wait to have all of these partners in our combined space.”
The selection process consisted of an initial written application, followed by interviews with committee composed of community and university representatives. The committee made formal recommendations to senior leadership at UNO, who made the final decision for the first round of residents. They are:
|CEC Partners: Round 1||
1) A Time to Heal: A nonprofit organization dedicated to holistic wellness and recovery for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
|2) Inclusive Communities: A human relations organization confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through education programs which raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society.|
|3) MaverickPR: An UNO student-run public relations firm devoted to serving clients by offering innovative and creative solutions to help them achieve their public relations goals.|
|4) Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH): A nonprofit organization committed to end homelessness in the Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa.|
|5) Nebraska Shakespeare Festival: A nonprofit organization utilizing Shakespeare’s life-affirming works to broadening the cultural and educational environments of the community.|
|6) Nebraska Watershed Network: An UNO organization acting as a focal point for research, teaching and community outreach regarding surface water quality in eastern Nebraska and throughout the state and region. It will collaborate with the Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the UNMC College of Public Health, as well as the Omaha Public Schools, the local Natural Resource Districts, and other community organizations.|
|7) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS): An UNO organization aimed to advance the understanding of Chicano/Latino/Latin American peoples and the critical issues affecting these populations.|
|8) Omaha by Design: A nonprofit urban design and environmental nonprofit devoted to improving the way Omaha looks, functions and feels.|
|9) The Omaha Community Foundation (OCF): One of the country’s largest community foundations, OCF connects people who care about the community with the people and nonprofits who are doing the most good here. In addition to supporting Omaha’s philanthropic community, OCF works to determine the Omaha community’s greatest needs; to build up its nonprofits; and to find new ways for people to come together to give. The OCF will occupy one office in the CEC to improve their proximity and outreach among local nonprofits and UNO students, faculty and staff.|
|10) Queer Nebraska Youth Networks: A peer-led group of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Nebraskan youth age 15-24, committed to combating isolation by building healthy, supportive, and intentional communities that promote intracommunity friendships and cultivate hope.|
11) Sigma Phi Epsilon: UNO’s second largest fraternity aiming to work towards the ideal of the “Balanced Man” by challenging their members to get involved in other organizations, leadership roles and in the community.
|12) Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs): An UNO organization aimed to provide participatory, utilization-focused program evaluation to programs organizations serving children, youth, and families in poverty.|
13) Sustainability Organizations: A group of UNO organizations promoting and integrating sustainability by engaging in dialogue, identifying sustainability opportunities and developing recommended action plans.
|14) Volunteer Program Assessment - University of Nebraska at Omaha: An UNO organization devoted to providing quantitative and qualitative data and feedback to non-profit organizations from the perspective of their volunteers with the goal of improving volunteer and organizational outcomes.|
|15) Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM): A nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting organizations of all sizes and industry to develop a workplace culture that supports their employees’ efforts in maintaining a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home.|