“The results of this year’s survey continue to demonstrate that our campus remains very committed to our community, despite the pandemic and many other challenges,” said Sue DiBella, Interim Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement.
She noted that nearly one in five respondents reported projects/activities involving COVID-19 in some way.
The Office of Community Engagement, which was established in July 2016, began tracking community engagement project/activity data with the assistance of UNLV’s Cannon Survey Center in spring 2017.
“We are now able to see the data over time, which is fantastic,” DiBella said, adding that the office maintains the survey’s findings on the UNLV Community Engagement Dashboard and will load this year’s data soon. “The dashboard is a wonderful resource that tells a compelling story about the university’s commitment to the community.”
DiBella said that every college and school at UNLV, as well as multiple departments and offices, are represented in this year’s survey data.
The top five areas of focus of the community engagement projects/activities are children/youth (25.9 percent), health/health disparities (25.2 percent), diversity (20.6 percent), civic engagement (20.1 percent), and COVID-19 response (19.7 percent).
The survey results indicate 45 percent of the projects involve nonprofit organizations. Other partner types include community members/general public (24.1 percent of projects), government agencies (24 percent), public or private schools (21.2 percent), and community-based organizations (19.5 percent). The balance represents partnerships with businesses, social organizations, and faith-based groups. (Respondents could choose more than one response, so percentages exceed 100.)
More than half (59.7 percent) of respondents indicated that contributing to the public good was the primary intended outcome of their projects and activities. Other intended outcomes included preparing educated, engaged citizens (44.7 percent); seeking to enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning (23.9 percent); and enriching scholarship, research, and creative activity (21.1 percent).
For more information about UNLV community engagement or the survey, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at 702-895-4298.