Community engagement is a valued and integral component of the Oxy culture. While three offices directly support this mission, you'll find community spirit infused throughout the entire campus.
The Partnership for Community (PCE) engagement at Occidental College strives for collaborative, long-term and community driven partnerships between faculty, students, staff and community partners. We define community to be local, national and global, and engage through curricular and co-curricular research, projects and activities. Our approach develops students who will commit to lifelong learning and engagement for the sake of positive social change and the enactment of social justice.
Center for Community Based Learning
The CCBL’s civic and community engagement approach, based on community organizing practices, aims to enrich students' learning and commitment to social responsibility. The CCBL brings together students, faculty, and community partners as co-thinkers and collaborators in order to address social justice related issues.
Office of Community Engagement
The OCE provides students with opportunities to enact Occidental’s values through community-based service and learning collaborations with organizations in Los Angeles and beyond.
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI)
UEPI is a research, policy, and advocacy, organization at Occidental College committed to bringing about social change and a more just, livable and green society. UEPI engages students, faculty, and staff at its home on Oxy’s campus and connects Oxy with its community partners in Los Angeles and beyond.
Other community-focused offices
Community Literacy Center
Through two courses, Oxy students can work with students in kindergarten through fifth grade to help them find a love of reading, writing and creative expression.
Neighborhood Partnership Program
NPP enriches the Occidental students’ college experience through partnerships with schools and community agencies in the Los Angeles area.
Upward Bound helps students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds prepare to successfully compete in postsecondary institutions by providing them with a simulated college experience rich in academic and motivational support.