Community Engagement and Service

The Office of Community Engagement and Service is a catalyst for mutually beneficial campus and community partnerships.

4,300 students 4300 students provide a value of 35,000 plus hours of volunteer time per academic year.Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES) is Miami’s resource for everything from sporadic charitable acts of volunteerism to deep social change and advocacy work. 

  • 110+ America Reads & Counts tutors fill over 275 requests for reading and math tutors from 14 community partners working approximately 3,250 hours.
  • Service Saturdays take place once per month during the academic year and provide volunteer opportunities for large groups of students.


The Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES) coordinates opportunities for students to engage with and serve in the communities surrounding Miami University. 

  • The Welcome Back Walkabout program welcomes students back to Oxford and increases their awareness of rights and responsibilities of community residency.
  • Oxford/Miami Community Dinners are an opportunity for Miami students to expand their connections in Oxford, fostering a broader understanding of community and citizenship.

Key Facts and Figures

  • Over the course of an academic year, 70+ Service-Learning designated course sections are offered, engaging more than 1,000 students annually 
  • About 20 students receive the President’s Volunteer Award annually for completing at least 100 service hours in a one year period 
  • Nearly 400 volunteers from the Fraternity & Sorority Life community participate in the Greek Spring Clean, a collaboration between OCES and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Miami was selected to receive the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation in 2010 
  • Miami’s commitment to service has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) by being selected as one of only five recipients of the Presidential Award in the 2012 President’s Higher Education
  • Community Service Honor Roll – the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement