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” uniting students at the University of Florida with local leaders, community organizations, essential workers, educational institutions and nonprofits across Gainesville. Partnered with the UF Office of Collaborative Initiatives’ Strategic Development Plan, our team engages with the city’s most complex challenges by creating partnerships and solving problems, grounding […]

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 […]

Recent Initiative Updates

The Engage Newsletter keeps you up to date on our work across Gainesville. If the…

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Our community projects on homelessness, education, economic opportunity and capacity building are born from the…

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