Community Engagement & Economic Development

UA IS A CARNEGIE-CLASSIFIED COMMUNITY-ENGAGED INSTITUTION

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community engagement hours logged by A&S students in 2020

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high school students participating in modern language and classics language day events

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artifacts, writings, and images in the UA Museums' Archaeological Collection

The College of Arts and Sciences values collaboration with communities as we strive to contribute to social and economic growth through our teaching, research, and service.

Faculty, staff, and students in the College engage with local government, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual community leaders and members to foster creativity and innovation as we advance knowledge through research and promote active citizenship through campus-community partnerships.

We foster a spirit of personal and social responsibility, developing student leaders who contribute to the greater good in Alabama, across the nation, and around the world.

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hours of treatment/diagnostic services provided annually by the Speech and Hearing Center

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maps, monographs, and aerial photographs in the UA Map Library

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episodes of Emmy Award–winning Discovering Alabama

Engaged Scholarship

A&S faculty, staff and students collaborate with communities to carry out innovative research.

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Engaged Scholarship

A&S faculty, staff and students collaborate with communities to carry out innovative research.

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A&S Faculty Working with National Project to Increase Equitable Vaccine Access

Stephanie McClure

Dr. Stephanie McClure is working with CommuniVax a nationwide project aimed at promoting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination in populations that have disproportionately experienced the negative effects of the pandemic - Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities.

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UA Leading Efforts to Increase Vaccinations in Rural Alabama

In a partnership with community organizations, UA is spearheading a project to get 70% of eligible people in the state’s Black Belt vaccinated against COVID-19. A $1 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to UA will assist with vaccine information and outreach programs and support remote and pop-up vaccination clinics throughout the 18 counties.

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Community-Engaged Learning

Classroom instruction and co-curricular experiences provide faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to work alongside communities to address global issues and build a sustainable future.

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Community-Engaged Learning

Classroom instruction and co-curricular experiences provide faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to work alongside communities to address global issues and build a sustainable future.

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Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking

Brittany Gilmer

Associate Professor Brittany Gilmer has created a new course to teach students about human trafficking and helping to raise awareness about the issues that exist in Tuscaloosa. She partners with the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force and the students have started a new organization, Tide Against Trafficking, that Gilmer will advise.

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Dance Alabama! Tour Brings Art to Alabama Schools

Dancers perform for elementary school students

The Department of Theatre and Dance Dance Alabama! program choreographed and performed entirely by students over the past six years has taken its show on the road, performing at elementary schools across the state of Alabama.

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preschool and K–12 children served by Biology Outreach Programs

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students, teachers, mentors & parents engaged in off-campus events sponsored by the School of Music

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community members reached throughout theatre and dance performances statewide

Community Education and Student Leadership

A&S faculty, staff and students are committed to having a positive impact on society.

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Community Education and Student Leadership

A&S faculty, staff and students are committed to having a positive impact on society.

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A&S to hold Community Engagement Day

students participating in the Embrace Tuscaloosa service project

Students, faculty, and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in Embrace Tuscaloosa, a day of service, on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Community Theatre Group Shakespeare Performances

Three actors in the park

Steve Burch, a theatre professor at UA, has directed performances of the Rude Mechanicals since 2005. Members of this community theatre group bring the works of Shakespeare to life on Manderson Landing during the summer.

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Civic Engagement

We prepare students to be members of the global community and through individual and collective action reflect a responsibility to contribute to the common good.

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Civic Engagement

We prepare students to be members of the global community and through individual and collective action reflect a responsibility to contribute to the common good.

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Civic Engagement & Leadership Minor

students reading in class

New College's minor in civic engagement and leadership offers students a way to hone their leadership skills

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Getting Out the Vote

A student helps another student register to vote at a table.

The UA chapter of Vote Everywhere was named the 2020 Chapter of the Year by the group’s parent organization, the Andrew Goodman Foundation, which advocates for young people to vote and be civically engaged with their communities.

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Economic Development

Our faculty, staff and students contribute to economic development in Alabama, advancing technology, scientific discovery, job creation and growth.

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Economic Development

Our faculty, staff and students contribute to economic development in Alabama, advancing technology, scientific discovery, job creation and growth.

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Art Alumni, Faculty and Students Combine Forces in Hotel Mural Project

wall mural in Homewood Suites in Tuscaloosa

UA alumna Andrea Gillespie of Nashville partnered with Jason Guynes, chair of the UA Department of Art and Art History partnered to create a mural for a new hotel in Tuscaloosa, Homewood Suites by Hilton.

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