Community Engagement

University of Northern Iowa - Community Engagement

Civic Action Plan


Civic Action Planning Progress and Input 


UNI 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

Last year UNI, as a member of Iowa Campus Compact, committed to developing a Civic Action Plan. The Civic Action Plan will be UNI's implementation of Goal #3 - Community Engagement.

Community engagement is defined as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity. 

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

The Civic Action Planning Team has selected an approach in which the institution’s identity is tied to an overarching engagement commitment. The opportunities for community engagement will be varied, but structured, to give every student a meaningful experience.


In our commitment to developing a Civic Action Plan,  UNI embraces the following:

To advance the public purposes of higher education, we affirm the following statements, which characterize our current commitments and name the ideals toward which we will work with renewed dedication, focus, and vigor.

We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.

We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.

We embrace our responsibilities as place-based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.

We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.

We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement.


Civic Action Plan