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Goal 3: Impacting Communities

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Improve and enhance the health and well-being of our communities and environments through outreach programs and in collaboration with our constituents and partners.

  • Facilitate collaboration between the university and its constituents to address complex economic, environmental and social challenges through research, education, entrepreneurship, economic diversification and growth
    • Establish an Office of Engagement and Outreach
    • Support economic development in Wyoming through ENDOW and other opportunities
    • Enhance extension programming

  • Build a statewide community of learners by collaborating with schools, community colleges and tribal nations to connect students and citizens
    • Bring outreach educational and cultural opportunities to the state
    • Expand partnerships with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes

  • Engage strong and celebratory alumni who connect UW to regional, national and international communities, welcome graduates into a lifetime association with the university, and boost all our endeavors through a culture of giving
    • Engage in a variety of strategies to establish contact with a greater number of alumni
    • Engage alumni in student recruitment and mentoring
    • Develop and promote competitive athletic teams that conjure enthusiasm and pride for UW


Goal 3: Improve and enhance the health and well-being of our communities and environments though outreach programs and in collaboration with our constituents and partners.


Carnegie community engagement classification Not designated Qualified to submit for 2024 deadline
Attendance at intercollegiate athletics events 275,372 310,000

Lee and Reinette Tendore

Husband and wife Lee and Reinette Tendore moved their family to Laramie from the Wind River Indian Reservation to pursue their degrees at the University of Wyoming, where they have both become campus leaders.

Lee, a Marine Corps veteran and Eastern Shoshone tribal member, is originally from Fort Washakie. Reinette, an enrolled Northern Arapaho tribal member, is from Ethete. Eventually, the Tendores plan to take their education back to the reservation and make a difference there.

“I hope to return back to the Wind River Reservation and help my tribal people out in any way possible by using my degree,” says Lee, a Native American studies major. “I hope to inspire others to further their education and show them that is possible to attend college no matter your age or if you have a family and children.”

Lee and Reinette Tendore
Husband and wife Lee and Reinette Tendore, pictured with son Clayvin, moved their family to Laramie to pursue their degrees at UW.

For Lee, UW’s affordability, scholarships, proximity to home and ease of transferring were all factors in his decision to come here.

“UW attracted me because it was easy to transfer to coming from a Wyoming community college,” he says. “I also had received scholarships at UW, and that was the big deciding factor. I am a married father of three, and I needed all the help I could get.”

Reinette, who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2009 and just completed a master’s degree in social work, served as the coordinator of UW’s inaugural Native American Summer Institute in 2017. The institute brought 28 Native students to campus for a week of a activities with a goal of helping the young people become acquainted with Wyoming’s university—and encourage them to attend college.

“It’s exciting to have this program to show Native students what college is like and why UW is a great place to go to college,” she says.

The institute coincided with UW’s opening of a Native American Center, where classes, lectures, research, performances, exhibitions, meetings, collaborative work, traditional meals and traditions of Native peoples will be celebrated.

“It’s nice knowing that the Native kids who come to UW will have a place to go for support and community,” says Reinette, who earned the 2017 Willena Stanford Commitment to Diversity Award at UW. Both Lee and Reinette were involved in UW’s Keepers of the Fire registered student organization. The group’s mission is to keep Native American culture alive and strong while promoting culture and diversity.

Reinette hopes programs like the summer institute will help more Native Americans choose to come to UW: “If I had known more about UW in high school, I think I would have come here right after graduation, because it’s a great university, and it’s not far from home.”

Christine Porter

Can home gardening improve health? While most would guess yes, Christine M. Porter, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health, is studying this very topic in the first randomized control study on the subject.

This new five-year, National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project comes on the heels of her previous project, Food Dignity, which focused on communities creating sustainable food systems that build food security.

Read the full profile for Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health Christine Porter

Christine Porter

Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health, is studying the health impacts of gardens with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho families in Wyoming.

Christine Porter

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