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Office ofCommunity Engagement

About Us


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, describes community engagement as "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."

In 2020, the Carnegie Foundation recognized Old Dominion University with the elective Community Engagement Classification.

Click here for more information about the Carnegie Foundation recognition.

Mission and Vision


Develop events and outreach opportunities to fulfill the university's community outreach mission by promoting service, partnerships, and expertise that connect the University to our communities for community betterment and mutual success.


Create a culture and spirit of community and civic-mindedness by building on and promoting existing efforts through strategic outreach to community organizations and integration of academic excellence to enhance ODU's role in the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth and beyond.

Community: Engaged

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Presidential Inauguration

ODU commemorated the inauguration of President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., during Homecoming Weekend 2022. Relive the historic weekend.

Fall Open House

It's time to fall in love with ODU! Join us for our last Open House event of the semester on Saturday, November 19.

Commencement 2022

Visit the Commencement Office for information on event times, caps & gowns, tickets and more!