As a minority-serving institution rich with diversity and committed to equity, UNLV strives to improve the lives of our students and transform our communities. UNLV leverages its strengths to develop strong partnerships that are mutually beneficial, promote the value of the university, and enrich the intellectual and cultural vitality of the valley.


The mission of UNLV’s Office of Government and Community Engagement is:

Support, facilitate, and promote collaboration, partnership, and engagement between the university and its many communities.

UNLV Definition of Community Engagement

UNLV subscribes to the definition of community engagement provided by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching:

Community engagement describes 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 a 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.