Engage Florida

About 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 students as active and responsible members of the community. Engage Fellows work in community labs to harness the skills, knowledge and creativity of our community to help build long-term relationships and sustainable initiatives that make positive impacts on Gainesville and beyond.


You can find more ways to engage by exploring this page, joining the Engage Newsletter, and visiting our website!

Recent Project Updates

The Engage Newsletter keeps you up to date on our work across Gainesville. If the community needs volunteers or wants to share updates and information with the Engage network, you can see it by joining our newsletter. Sign up here!   READ MORE

Our community projects on homelessness, education, economic opportunity and capacity building are born from the foundations set by members of the Gainesville community and engaged students. If you are a student, community member or organization leader looking to build progress through partnership and creative collaboration, click here to connect with Engage.   Join our social […] READ MORE

Engage Florida – Executive Directors and Assistant Executive Directors

Starting up the Engage Florida initiative would be impossible without the hard work and dedication of a core group of motivated, talented and hard-working UF students. These students make up our Executive Staff, and lead, coordinate and direct the development of this initiative. Meet each of these team members below. Julia Canady and Mateo Haydar […] READ MORE

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 opportunities in our local community here in Gainesville.  We received applications form some amazing students from all over the UF campus, and we selected a great group of Engage Fellows […] READ MORE