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Welcome to Community Engagement

As a foundational goal in the Eyes High vision and strategy, the University of Calgary is committed to fully integrating with the community, engaging the communities we both serve and lead.

Community engagement describes 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.
— Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Community Engagement team actively seeks out partnership opportunities with community organizations, not-for-profits and other educational institutions. We build on existing relationships, create new associations and endeavor to enhance the university’s role in the community.

Supporting our Community

In the emergency and recovery of the June 2013 floods, Albertans displayed remarkable acts of bravery, resilience and compassion. Many students, faculty and staff from the University of Calgary were nominated as Alberta’s Heroes of the Flood .

We are pleased to support agencies like the United Way Calgary and Area that provide individuals and families the opportunity to reach their potential and improve their quality of life.  

Our students, faculty and researchers are actively involved in community engaged learning through the Centre for Community Engaged Learning and community focused research through platforms like the Urban Alliance and makeCalgary.

Connecting with Community

We collaborate with the City of Calgary on a number of municipal priorities and our community neighbors through the South Shaganappi Area Strategic Planning Group.

The Community Engagement team works closely with the Office of the Chancellor and Senate. The University of Calgary's Senate includes 62 valued community ambassadors who help build relationships for the benefit of the university and the community.

Please use this site to access information about the University of Calgary in the community. Contact us for more information.

Community Events

The University of Calgary invites you to our many public events,  whether they are held on main campus, downtown or elsewhere.
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International Strategy


Action Calgary

The University of Calgary has partnered with Calgary Economic Development (CED) to engage in building relationships to stimulate employment growth and diversification.

United Way

Each year, the university supports United Way Calgary and Area through an annual workplace campaign that engages the entire campus community. Our fundraising goal for 2014 is $425,000. In 2013, the university community raised a record $407,000 and earned top honours with a United Way Spirits of Gold "Leading the Way" Award. 

Calgary Stampede

Congratulations to the world renowned Calgary Stampede on being a community organization that has preserved and promoted western heritage and values for over 100 years. In 2015, the university will once again celebrate the community partnership and our own Stampede story. 

Calgary Awards

The University of Calgary has supported the Calgary Awards since 2009 and sponsors the Youth Award. To acknowledge this support, the City of Calgary recognizes the University of Calgary as a Gold sponsor.

Calgary Youth Science Fair

The University of Calgary is proud to be a platinum partner of the Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF), hosting the annual fair at the Olympic Oval for its fourth consecutive year in 2015.  CYSF brings in nearly 1,000 students between grades 5 and 12, with projects of all kinds.


The University of Calgary is a Maker of Community sponsor of Beakerhead. This city-wide week-long demonstration is a smash up of art, science and engineering and showcases events, competitions, performances, community challenges and any number of creations all over Calgary during September. The 3rd annual Beakerhead will take place from September 16 – 20, 2015.


The University of Calgary is an annual sponsor of the Wordfest literary festival in Calgary. Wordfest supports vibrant and healthy communities by providing accessible and engaging programming that shares the power of story.