Community Engagement Database
The Community Engagement Database is LIVE and available year round to input any and all community engagement efforts. Please be sure to indicate the academic year your project is taking/or has taken place. (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 for 16-17 projects). To access the community engagement database click here.
The University of Northern Iowa is the winner of the Economic Opportunity Award for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Economic Opportunity Award recognizes institutions with service programs that build economic independence, increase family stability, and create more sustainable and resilient communities.
Since 1997, the University of Northern Iowa’s Local Food Program has promoted economic opportunity and strengthened the local food economy in Northeast Iowa. In 2013-2014 alone, 17 institutional food buyers purchased nearly $3 million in local foods supporting the region’s food and farm business.
“Service and higher education go hand in hand,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Every day these colleges and universities inspire young leaders to commit to solving problems alongside community members. By recognizing institutions like the University of Northern Iowa that are pioneers in achieving meaningful, measurable results for their communities, we also highlight the critical role all higher education institutions play in addressing community challenges and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.”