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Our Focus

The University of Kentucky is dedicated to its commitment to improve the quality of life of Kentuckians through engagement, outreach and service. The Office of Community Engagement was established to support this effort of intentionally building partnerships that are collaborative, sustainable and mutually beneficial. The OCE connects organizations, community groups, schools and agencies to the University's students, faculty and staff in an effort to promote this true sense of engagement.

Who We Are

Our MISSION is to support and create community engagement opportunities that meet the economic, health, and educational needs of our community.

What We Do


Create an open and inclusive atmosphere that gives voice to engagement efforts in the community through one-on-one consultations, trainings and community Engagement programing. 


Promote civic membership to enrich and advance student learning.


Improve local community relations through a set of advanced practices to improve the quality of life of our citizens. Serve as an information hub to keep the community informed and connected.


Facilitate collaborative and multidisciplinary opportunities for faculty and staff to develop relationships and sustainable community partnerships.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UK offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips, events and more for adults 50 years and older. More than 1,500 adult learners participate annually. The University of Kentucky has been at the forefront nationally in lifelong learning since 1964. The OLLI at UK has sites in Lexington and Morehead.

Contact Us

Community Engagement

Lisa Higgins-Hord Assistant Vice President


Community Engagment

Rodney Creager Administrative Support Associate