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UW's Engagement Task Force

UW's Engagement Task Force

University of Wyoming, President Laurie Nichols

UW’s Engagement Task Force was launched in August 2017 to develop a plan for strengthening the University of Wyoming’s mission as a land-grant university and to collaborate with constituents and partners to improve and enhance the health and well-being of the state’s communities and environments. This task force responds to the third “impacting communities” goal of our new strategic plan, Breaking Through: 2017-2022, to cultivate a community of learning energized by collaborative work among students, faculty, staff and external partners, which is committed to active outreach and clear communication with our extensive communities.

The 16-member task force has been charged to work with the UW community to think futuristically about engagement and, in doing so, to connect the dots to create an environment of engaged education, student opportunities, scholarship, service, and faculty and staff development to build collaboration between the University of Wyoming and our constituents. Only through authentic engagement will we address the complex economic and social challenges facing UW and Wyoming. 

Specifically, the task force will use this year to create a plan for an Office of Engagement and Outreach, and to work toward the day when UW is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a “community engaged university.” I invite the UW community to become engaged with the task force in this effort as we build a new chapter in our long tradition as a strongly engaged campus true to its land-grant mission.

Laurie S. Nichols

Task Force Members

  • Anne Alexander, associate vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Chad Baldwin, associate vice president for marketing and communications.
  • Jordan Blazovich, student senator representing the College of Health Sciences.
  • Chris Boswell, vice president for governmental and community affairs.
  • Mary Burman, dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.
  • Jo Chytka, director of UW Advising, Career and Exploratory Studies.
  • Tony Denzer, head of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.
  • Shelley Dodd, director of the Office of Admissions.
  • Jeff Edgens, associate dean and director of UW-Casper.
  • Brent Ewers, botany professor and director of Wyoming EPSCoR.
  • Paul Flesher, professor of religious studies and director of Saturday University.
  • Keener Fry, director of the UW Alumni Association.
  • Jean Garrison, special assistant to the president for engagement.
  • Bret Hess, professor of animal science, associate dean for research and director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Richard Raridon, coordinator of community engagement and service in the Service, Leadership and Community Engagement office.
  • Kate Welsh, associate professor and head of the School of Teacher Education.

Contact Us

UW Engagement Task Force

Jean Garrison
Special Assistant to the President for Engagement
(307) 766-6119

Open Forum and Listening Session

This listening session was the first opportunity for the task force to engage with the campus community to answer questions and to hear feedback on UW’s work with community partners, University of Wyoming employees and students had an opportunity to learn about and provide input on the work of UW’s Engagement Task Force during this session.  Listen Now!  PDF Presentation

Documenting Engagement Faculty Workshop 

Listen Now!

SLCE Community Engagement Mini-Grants

SLCE is proud to support faculty initiatives to increase community engagement and service opportunities for students. Learn More!

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