The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (CEC), as a building on UNO campus, ensures improved community access to the campus and its full array of services, events, and human capital.
Additionally, the CEC delivers more effective engagement to UNO students, faculty and staff with a full range of activities offered in and through the CEC.
The CEC serves as a visual and physical representation of UNO’s renewed commitment to be a metropolitan institution of distinction, with a sincere intention to be open to the community.
The CEC is not intended, however, to detract or reduce the extensive outreach activities already occurring on and off-campus. Rather, the Weitz CEC enhances UNO’s capacity to be more responsive and effective in its off-campus activities, as it increases the capacity of the Service Learning Academy, The Office of Civic and Social Responsibility, applied research, and other outreach activities.
National Recognition for Engagement Efforts
2006: Among the first universities to receive "Community Engagement Classification" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
2006: Listed in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
2009: "Honorable Mention," Washington Center's Higher Education Civic Engagement Award
2010: Finalists for the President's Award, a top award in the general service category of the Presidents Honor Roll
2011: Listed among 141 institutions recognized "with distinction" and on the Presidents Honor Roll
2014: Recipient of the Presidential Award for the Economic Opportunity category of the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
2015: Awarded continuing classification as a Community Engaged institution by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Top 25 "Best Neighbor" colleges and universities among 125 institutions who participated in the survey "Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships"
UNO's Service Learning Program recognized as an "Academic Program to Look For" among 42 programs listed nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
UNO's Signature Outreach Programs
UNO supports numerous community engagement programs and activities including: