Office of Collaborative Initiatives

The Office of Collaborative Initiatives works directly with Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Charlie Lane, to build on and to expand the work that began with the Strategic Development Plan and the community engagement efforts conducted as part of that process. The focus of this Office is to enhance UF’s emphasis on building community relationships and external collaborations in order to enhance community engagement, with primary focus on these three areas:

Ongoing Initiatives

SPARC352

SPARC352

SPARC352 is a concept developed in collaboration between UF and community members to create a place-based initiative that will operate a community site as a Space for People, Arts, Research, and Creative Collaboration and Community (that is, SPARC352). The goal of SPARC352 is to establish a knowledge and empowerment hub that promotes arts, cultural engagement, entrepreneurial ingenuity, […]

Engage Florida

Engage Florida

Engage Florida is a “think and do tank” that affords UF students from all across campus the skills, knowledge and opportunity to engage with complex community challenges through targeted partnerships, collaborative initiatives and creative problem-solving opportunities. Engage Florida aims to harness the passion, creativity and knowledge of our students to build long-term relationships and sustainable impact […]

Community Partnership Schools (CPS)

Community Partnership Schools (CPS)

Howard Bishop Middle School, A Community Partnership School Howard Bishop Middle School, A Community Partnership School brings together high-quality academics, health care, counseling, support, mentoring and more—all where students and their families are comfortable: in their own school. Our partnership at Howard Bishop Middle School represents a 25-year partnership among Alachua County Public Schools, Children’s […]

Partnership for Reimagining Gainesville (PRG)

Partnership for Reimagining Gainesville (PRG)

Have an idea for positive community change?  Go to our online portal! What is PRG? Community-based Collaboration. Meaningful Impact. PRG represents an evolution of UF’s partnership with the City of Gainesville that was initiated by Senior Vice-President and COO Charlie Lane in 2017 with the funding of seven UF-City research projects with an emphasis on […]

Recent Initiative Updates

The PRG Online Portal is Live!

The PRG Online Portal is now Live!  The Partnership for Reimagining Gainesville (PRG) is a collaboration platform established by the University of Florida and the…
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Engage Florida Recruits new Fellows

Engage Florida undertook recruitment of fellows earlier this year to kick-off the inaugural year of our initiative to enhance the student experience through meaningful engagement…
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