Apply for Collaborative Office Spaces
Community nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations may once again apply for office space in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (CEC) on the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) campus.
The CEC aims to share its spaces with dynamic organizations with missions, programs, and people that align with and support our values and vision, including those that reflect and serve our diverse community.
Spaces in the partnership suites are available to community-based organizations that meet the eligibility requirements and submit a successful proposal through the application process.
CEC workspaces are ideal for small organizations, or community-focused programs of larger organizations, that are looking for office spaces in a collaborative, vibrant, and professional atmosphere. Community organizations housed in the CEC can increase their organizational capacity by partnering with UNO organizations as well as other CEC building partners.
Being and working in the CEC gives Coalition Rx a sense of credibility. We have access to UNO students as future employees, campus office and meeting spaces that allow us to connect with campus resources, work on our growth and strategic planning, meet with supporters and other community groups we partner with, and a place where the community can attend our events and more for free. Since having office space in the CEC we have grown from 1 staff consisting of me to having 9 total staff with 2 full-time. Being here has helped us get 6 UNO student interns. The students have been helpful for our organization to grow. We can also connect with faculty experts, like Dr, Tara Bryan. She was helpful beyond words. Tara’s expertise guided Coalition Rx with long-term sustainability and operations within the last three years.
- Carey Pomykata, Executive Director, Coalition Rx
Capacity-building opportunities include:
- Program evaluation and research/consultation
- Shared values and understanding of community-based work
- Access to student interns and volunteers, service learning classes, etc
Organizations that have office space in the building also get special access to the CEC's 20 free meeting spaces. These benefit building partners when reserving spaces for events such as nonprofit board meetings, volunteer training, community dialogues, and staff retreats.
Applications for space are due by 5 P.M. on November 1, 2021.
- Step 1: Interested organizations should first reach out to Heike Langdon, the CEC's Manager of Possibilities, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an initial consultation. This initial consultation with Heike provides interested applicants with information about the application process and requirements, community building partner expectations, and the CEC’s mission, vision, and values.
- Step 2: Each organization receives a unique application link via email to complete their application through DocuSign, an online platform.
- Step 3: All applications are initially reviewed by a campus/community committee.
- Step 4: Finalists will be contacted for an interview with the committee. The committee will make recommendations to UNO’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- Step 5: Approved applicants provide required documentation including a signed lease agreement, certificate of Insurance with limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate naming the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska as an additional insured, and go through the orientation process.
Learn More at cec.unomaha.edu/communityspaceapplication
UNO and the CEC are following a series of safety and social distancing guidelines to ensure the health of everyone on campus. These guidelines may change as conditions change. All community organizations accepted through the application process will be expected to follow the campus guidelines related to the pandemic.