Community Engagement Day is Oct. 23

Inauguration Week kick-off event: Community Engagement Day
Press conference for all
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon
Park Building steps
View engagement opportunities here.

In January 2010 the University of Utah received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—an honor that recognizes significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement by the U’s students, faculty, and staff. 

In recognition of that achievement, and to celebrate the inauguration of David W. Pershing as the 15th president of the University of Utah, Tuesday, Oct. 23 has been declared Community Engagement Day at the U. As the kick-off event to inauguration week, the campus community is invited to attend a press conference that day at noon on the Park Building steps where Pershing will declare the important role of community engagement in the future of the University. Following his remarks, he is asking all students, faculty, and staff to take time that afternoon to engage with the community—either on or off campus—and make a positive contribution. Registration for specific engagement opportunities will be available there, including time-specific projects, drop-in services, and donation drives. Note the examples below, and see the complete list and pre-register here.

  • Sorting food at the Utah Food Bank (bus provided)
  • Working with University Neighborhood Partners restoring the Peace Labyrinth at Jordan Park.
  • Assembling hygiene kits for the YWCA to give to victims of domestic violence who are seeking shelter
  • Making hats for Road Home shelter residents to wear this winter
  • Tying blankets for rape victims who are seeking assistance at the Rape Recovery Center
  • Civility in the Community discussion at the Hinckley Caucus Room, 255 OSH
  • Pro bono law clinic in the community, focusing on consumer, employment, housing, and discrimination

For more information, contact Nancy Basinger at the Bennion Center or call 801-585-9100.

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