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2023 UA United Way Campaign Goal Reached!

Thanks to your incredible support, we've surpassed our 2023 UA United Way Campaign Goal, raising an amazing $401,643.09! A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed – your generosity is making a huge impact in West Alabama.

The online giving portal will remain open through Monday, December 18, 2023.
Those who prefer to do so may use a printed pledge card to make their donations by Friday, December 15, 2023.

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STEM Entrepreneurship Academy Completes Another Great Year

It was a great week learning about various STEM fields and how to apply business practices to identified school needs.

Teams from Robert C. Hatch High School and Amelia Love Johnson High School won grants toward their school and community improvement project!  

Parent Teacher Leadership Academy Celebrates 2023 Graduation

The Parent Teacher Leadership Academy (PTLA) celebrated the graduation of its 2022–2023 class April 6 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Parents and teachers from 35 schools joined the celebration.

Summer Days in Tuscaloosa Reception Recognizes Visiting Fulbright Scholars

The Division of Community Affairs’ Office of Global and Community Engagement hosted the inaugural Summer Days in Tuscaloosa reception to honor Fulbright scholars on June 5 at Capital Hall.

Visiting Fulbright scholars in attendance are from Indonesia, Panama, Russia, Mali, Iraq, Madagascar, Bahrain, South Korea, Burma (Myanmar), Argentina, West Bank, Japan, Slovenia, Angola, Egypt, Spain, Ukraine and Morocco.

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Council on Community-Based Partnerships

The Council exists to connect faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve critical problems identified collaboratively by community members and the University. All academic disciplines are represented on a Council made up of campus and community members.  

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Crossroads Civic Engagement Center

The mission of Crossroads Civic Engagement Center is to develop engaged citizens for the State of Alabama and the world. We do this through teaching, research, and service focused on four civic pillars: values, knowledge, skills, and action.

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Community Affairs Board of Advisors

Formed in early 2016, the Community Affairs Board of Advisors is comprised of young alumni who possess a commitment to community engagement and student success. 

Student Community Engagement Center

The mission of The University of Alabama’s Student Community Engagement Center is to engage students and community partners in mutually beneficial partnerships to identify and address critical community opportunities by connecting engagement to the University’s missions of teaching, research, and service.

Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP)

The CCBP's vision is of a University whose resources and strengths are made available through partnerships in communities throughout the state, nation and world to help solve society’s critical problems.

Council on Community-Based Partnerships

The Council connects faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve critical problems identified collaboratively by community members and the University.

Community Collaborations

Community Collaborations continually brings together different parts of the community in ways that are beneficial to both The University and community.

Crossroads Civic Engagement Center

The Crossroads Civic Engagement Center develops the civic capacity of campus and community members in ways that foster a thriving democratic society at the Capstone and beyond.

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works.


Since 2006, the Council on Community-Based Partnerships has been recognizing innovation in community engagement at the Annual Excellence in Community Engagement Awards.


The Student Community Engagement Center houses student organizations from all UA colleges and schools that have demonstrated an interest in connecting their efforts to community engagement.


Dr. Samory T. Pruitt has been named president of the Board of Directors for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, an international group of universities that promote engaged scholarship.


A Message from the Vice President

This message is intended for our friends and partners both on and off campus. We hope you will visit the site often, for it is our most important communication tool in our dual role as UA’s leader in engaged scholarship and intercultural relations.

While the terms “scholarship of engagement” or “engaged scholarship” — the terms are interchangeable — has been around for years, they may not be familiar to everyone. First used by Ernest Boyer in a 1996 article published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Boyer sought nothing less than to redefine the role of higher education. He advocated a move away from scholarship as the “application of academic expertise” to a scholarship that creates partnerships between higher education and communities. He further argued that engaged scholarship integrates the often-conflicting faculty roles of teaching, research and service, seeing them instead as different aspects of a common purpose. Since Boyer, engaged scholarship has come to mean collaboration between knowledge professionals on campuses and the lay public for mutual benefit.

Community Affairs

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  • (205) 348-8376
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