The Weitz CEC actively seeks to represent the many diverse ideas, backgrounds, and cultures that comprise Omaha and the university community.
Civil and Open Dialogue
The Weitz CEC is a space where all opinions can be heard and diverse ideas are not only respected, but encouraged because diversity of thought fosters innovation and creativity.
Our community faces complex social problems that require unique and novel solutions. The Weitz CEC strives to foster a collaborative environment, in which people are willing to organically develop creative strategies and partnerships for solving such issues. The partnerships crafted as a result of being in the Weitz CEC should not be forced, but rather a product of revealing shared goals and a willingness to build alliances between university and community partners.
The Weitz CEC encourages thoughtful, respectful, and transparent communication between all individuals who use the Weitz CEC including community partners, faculty, staff, and students.
The Weitz CEC is considered a portal, through which the community and the university can exchange resources, ideas, and solutions. Through reciprocal relationships, in which goals and expectations are clearly stated and fulfilled, community and UNO organizations interact with and benefit from each other.
A Welcoming Atmosphere
The Weitz CEC values everyone who uses the building, and shows that by creating an environment that is clean, easy to access, filled with friendly faces, comfortable for all, and meets people’s physical needs.
Basing decisions for improvement on direct feedback and concrete data ensures that organizations can continue having positive impacts on the community. The Weitz CEC leadership hopes that community and university partners will grow in many different ways, but mostly that all partners will be better equipped to serve the Omaha community as a result of being in the Weitz CEC.
The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center will contribute positively and measurably to the community’s quality of life by creating, supporting, and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships, engaged scholarship, and academic and student programming that create tomorrow’s leaders and agents of change.
With the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, UNO will provide an expanded, coordinated, and comprehensive student engagement program. The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center will allow UNO to develop new opportunities as well as enhance, expand and coordinate student volunteerism, service projects, academic service learning, and leadership development specific to community engagement and civic participation.
The dynamic programs, initiatives and partnerships fostered and supported by the Weitz Center will inspire generations of leaders, groundbreaking solutions, and synergetic collaborations that will transform our community and campus into world-class metropolitan partners.