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Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement reports to the Dean of Students and provides involvement opportunities, leadership training and volunteer experiences with an emphasis on developing transferable skills for future employment. Programs include the Women’s Leadership Conference, Emerging Leaders, Mizzou Alternative Breaks and Caring for Columbia. The office advises student government and is the central campus resource for recognized student organizations.

What We Do

Promote involvement

Students who are involved have higher graduation rates, better verbal communication skills, problem-solving skills and decision-making skills. Research shows they work better in teams, find and evaluate information better, and are more likely to stay in college than those who are not involved. Mizzou offers a multitude of opportunities to get involved. We even have involvement ambassadors available for one-on-one consultations and group presentations.

Provide leadership development

Understanding their own talents, strengths, leadership style, skills and social identities is critical to students’ development during college. The Social Change Model provides a blueprint for developing new leadership skills and understanding the skills that they already possess. Our leadership development programs are designed with this in mind.

Practice active citizenship

Being an active citizen means making your community a high priority in your life. Voting, volunteering and organizing to effect change in the world are just a few examples of what it means to be an active citizen. We offer a variety of service programs to give students opportunities to practice active citizenship.

Transition involvement to career

It’s easy for students to list clubs and activities on their résumés, but employers want to hear about the skills they learned through these experiences and how those will transition into the workplace. We help students articulate how their involvement experience gives them an edge after college.

Information for community partners

The Office of Student Engagement’s service programs have more than 40 Community Partners and strive to develop truly collaborative partnerships. Our goal is to connect our partners with the Mizzou campus so that together we can address community needs. We want to support you in having a reliable stream of volunteers to meet your needs, while also connecting students to meaningful service opportunities.

Interested in becoming a community partner?

Is your organization in need of recruiting volunteers? Approved community partners will be granted access to our volunteer management site where they can post volunteer projects, track hours, and communicate with volunteers that express interest in their organization. To register as a new community partner or to regain access to your organization’s existing portal, please complete our interest form and a member of our team will follow up with you.

Volunteer management

We use a platform called OrgSync to advertise and connect students, faculty, and staff to volunteer opportunities. All community partners receive access to our volunteer management site.

As a partner, you have your own portal, where you can create a profile for your organization, post volunteer opportunities and communicate with students who want to volunteer at your events.

By posting your volunteer opportunities on your portal, we are able to share those opportunities with the Mizzou campus and expand your organization’s reach. Community partners can also track volunteer hours and post pictures and news in their portal.

Do you currently have an OrgSync portal? Log in to post volunteer opportunities or manage your organization’s profile.

Need help posting a volunteer opportunity? Complete this form and we will post the opportunity for you.

Community Partner Luncheon

The Office of Student Engagement hosts an annual community partner luncheon. The luncheon is an opportunity to network, share ways for community partners to get involved in our one-day service events, and provide strategies and tools to promote your volunteer opportunities to the entire Mizzou campus. For more information on the Community Partner Luncheon, please email



Office of Student Engagement
2500 MU Student Center
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-8585