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OCE Community Engagement Impact Funds

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The Office of Community Engagement supports projects that are co-created between Stanford and community organizations, efforts that focus on accelerating solutions to affordability, education, health, and sustainability challenges in our region.

OCE initially referred to this program as OCE Seed Fund awards to encourage collaborations that bring our communities together in identifying central problems that can be addressed with Stanford’s academic resources. In renaming the program, we highlight the collaboration -- and the relationships that sustain the joint pursuit of solutions we seek together.

Such work is considered central to living our values at Stanford: To harness our expertise to make advancements for the public good. 

More than 140 "community engagement hubs" at Stanford are eligible to propose projects. Community engagement hubs are defined by OCE as the Stanford offices and units that engage in sustained community partnerships, involve faculty, staff and students, dedicate resources to sustain the partnership, and practice principles of ethical and effective service.

Research assistants will conduct career path awareness sessions with high school students

The 2024 Community Engagement Impact projects include reliable air quality measurement and improving the quality of patient clinic services, and more.  

A child tries out a vegetable cone

The 2023 community collaborations supported by OCE seed funds stretch from the Bay Area to the Central Valley.

Mobile Teen Van at Los Altos High School

The community collaborations in 2022 supported by OCE seed funds include projects in education and health. 

Aminata Kalokoh-Odeh participating in Lakewood Elementary School classroom as part of Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP).

The community collaborations supported by OCE seed funds in 2021 include projects in affordability/social services, arts, education, and health.