Oakland University-Out and About in the SE Michigan Community

Oakland University works with a multitude of community partners from the SE Michigan area in an ongoing, intentional and mutually beneficial manner. Below are a few highlights of some of the organizations, along with examples of ways we work together (see #7 for the complete community partner listing). We are always open to brainstorming new ways to work with our community, so make sure to complete the Contact form if you'd like to know more. 

Click HERE for a complete listing of community sites that collaborate with OU 

OU in the community during COVID-- in pictures-click HERE

Keep reading to discover ways we work in and with Community

1. Service Learning courses--also see details under the Faculty section

Service Learning Courses take place with many organizations. Below are a few examples of community sites that welcome and work closely with OU students.

One course that showcases our relationship with K12 is the OU Midwest Archaeology Field School that took place summer 2021. Pontiac high school students worked the dig site side by side OU undergraduate and graduate students. Click HERE to see photos and learn more about that course.

2. Student Teachers are placed at various schools across the region including:

Refer to this site for in-depth details about community site placements for SEHS students to gain experience

3. School District Collaboration

Oakland Schools

Many units across campus work with consultants at Oakland Schools in a variety of ways to streamline and coordinate collaborative grants, programs, summer camps, training, Vocational preparation, professional development, student internships, early childhood services and more. We also work with the departments who serve students who experience homelessness or poverty, those with special needs (up to age 26 in Michigan) and those who are in the foster care system.

Avondale/Oakland University Partnership

Oakland University and Avondale Schools have recently celebrated the fifth year of a productive, mutually beneficial and energetic partnership. Learn more about it on our partnership Facebook page. Check back with us to see a revolving overview of outcomes and program highlights. We will be presenting on the partnership at the 2022 Compact22 National Conference and will be sure to share highlights here.

4. Organizational Collaboration and Programming

OU Student Nurses Helping with COVID Vaccine clinics (click here for photos)

Advancing Macomb

Michigan Nonprofit Association

co.act Detroit

Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Lighthouse

5. OU-Pontiac Initiative--also see the OUPI section of this website

We work with a variety of organizations across multiple sectors throughout Pontiac. Years ago, Pontiac was the county seat for Oakland County. Today, many organizations still operate from Pontiac and serve Pontiac-only, all of Oakland County, a tri-county area and/or the SE Michigan area. Oakland University is uniquely situated, geographically and discipline-wise to work with them, no matter who they serve. Below are a few examples of how we work with a community organization. Check back often to learn more. Be sure to complete our Contact Form if you want to connect with us.

Pontiac Schools

Healthy Pontiac

A collaboration of over 100 community organizations who serve residents of Pontiac, Michigan around healthy living. There have been many programs started and still ongoing. Here's one we are particularly proud of:

Prescription for Health

 

Office of Community Engagement

Wilson Hall, Room 3000
371 Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
248-370-2190
engagewithou@oakland.edu

Oakland University Pontiac Initiative

West Vandenberg Hall, Room 120
502 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4455

woman at a table outdoors doing craft projects with two kids

Community Connections

Oakland University-Out and About in the SE Michigan Community

Oakland University works with a multitude of community partners from the SE Michigan area in an ongoing, intentional and mutually beneficial manner. Below are a few highlights of some of the organizations, along with examples of ways we work together (see #7 for the complete community partner listing). We are always open to brainstorming new ways to work with our community, so make sure to complete the Contact form if you'd like to know more. 

Click HERE for a complete listing of community sites that collaborate with OU 

OU in the community during COVID-- in pictures-click HERE

Keep reading to discover ways we work in and with Community

1. Service Learning courses--also see details under the Faculty section

Service Learning Courses take place with many organizations. Below are a few examples of community sites that welcome and work closely with OU students.

One course that showcases our relationship with K12 is the OU Midwest Archaeology Field School that took place summer 2021. Pontiac high school students worked the dig site side by side OU undergraduate and graduate students. Click HERE to see photos and learn more about that course.

2. Student Teachers are placed at various schools across the region including:

Refer to this site for in-depth details about community site placements for SEHS students to gain experience

3. School District Collaboration

Oakland Schools

Many units across campus work with consultants at Oakland Schools in a variety of ways to streamline and coordinate collaborative grants, programs, summer camps, training, Vocational preparation, professional development, student internships, early childhood services and more. We also work with the departments who serve students who experience homelessness or poverty, those with special needs (up to age 26 in Michigan) and those who are in the foster care system.

Avondale/Oakland University Partnership

Oakland University and Avondale Schools have recently celebrated the fifth year of a productive, mutually beneficial and energetic partnership. Learn more about it on our partnership Facebook page. Check back with us to see a revolving overview of outcomes and program highlights. We will be presenting on the partnership at the 2022 Compact22 National Conference and will be sure to share highlights here.

4. Organizational Collaboration and Programming

OU Student Nurses Helping with COVID Vaccine clinics (click here for photos)

Advancing Macomb

Michigan Nonprofit Association

co.act Detroit

Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Lighthouse

5. OU-Pontiac Initiative--also see the OUPI section of this website

We work with a variety of organizations across multiple sectors throughout Pontiac. Years ago, Pontiac was the county seat for Oakland County. Today, many organizations still operate from Pontiac and serve Pontiac-only, all of Oakland County, a tri-county area and/or the SE Michigan area. Oakland University is uniquely situated, geographically and discipline-wise to work with them, no matter who they serve. Below are a few examples of how we work with a community organization. Check back often to learn more. Be sure to complete our Contact Form if you want to connect with us.

Pontiac Schools

  • OU School of Education & Human Services Reading courses are held at PSD elementary buildings
  • OU Spanish students tutor elementary students and often translate needed documents as part of their Spanish courses
  • Many staff and administrators at the school district collaborate on a variety of programs and service projects with OU units around campus including OUWB, OSI, SEHS, SECS, CMI, SBA, CAS, SHS, PUB, Pre-College Programs, PACE, and more.
  • PSD partnered with OU's Anthropology program, summer 2021 at a community dig site in Bruce Township.

Healthy Pontiac

A collaboration of over 100 community organizations who serve residents of Pontiac, Michigan around healthy living. There have been many programs started and still ongoing. Here's one we are particularly proud of:

Prescription for Health

  • Health Sessions: With an emphasis on reaching families with children and seniors, the program will offer integrated health education sessions focused on healthy eating across the lifespan; cooking on a budget; creative cooking with herbs and spices; incorporating physical activity into daily living; stress management; relaxation techniques and other topics.
  • Addressing disparities: the program will also increase offerings for fruit and vegetable voucher redemption and engage in community asset mapping to identify additional free and low-cost physical activity opportunities. 

St Joseph Mercy Hospital

Oakland County Health Dept

Pontiac Promise Zone

Community Foundation of SE Michigan

Dream Center of Michigan

Oakland History Center at Pine Grove (formerly Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Center

Re-Root Pontiac

Micah 6 Community and Sprout

6. OU in Macomb

Our campus in Macomb supports and connects with organizations in the Macomb area. They embrace sharing space and opens its doors to community organizations who need them. Macomb County Government is one such partner who utilizes the OU Anton Frankel Center (AFC) for ongoing training. Below is a partial list of the organizations who have worked with us.

7. Center for Civic Engagement events (click HERE for photos)

Email engagewithou@oakland.edu with any questions about this website