Building an Engaged Institution: The HUD Community Outreach Partnership Program

  • Lauri Alpern University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Joni Lee University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Keywords: Higher Education, Community Partnerships, Housing and Urban Development, Community Outreach


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of University Partnerships sponsors the Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program (COPC), which enables colleges and universities to enhance university-community partnerships through applied research, outreach, and technical assistance projects. This article offers an overview of three successfal COPC programs, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of ArkansasLittle Rock, and San Jose State University. These programs serve as models of university-community engagement.