Off-Campus Outreach and Communication

“My support to Miami comes from a deep sense of gratitude, of ‘thanks-giving’ for all that this very special place has meant to me. And, while our chosen courses of study help to inform and shape our professional careers, the work of the Division of Student Affairs provides an essential intersection of opportunities for all students to navigate their own unique path through this wonderful collegiate experience.”
—William J Lammers, BS ‘70; MBA ‘73.

“Participating in student organizations enabled me to build many lasting friendships and also to develop key leadership, communication and team-building skills that have served me well throughout my career and beyond. Because of those experiences and their positive impact on my life, I established an endowment for student leadership development and community service so the Miami students of today and tomorrow can have the same opportunities I had and more.”
—Bruce Henke ‘72

The Office of Off-Campus Outreach and Communication, in collaboration with the City of Oxford, engages, educates, and supports off-campus students and commuters to achieve a positive, safe, responsible, and connected experience living off-campus. We advance the central communication efforts for the Division of Student Affairs and for all Student Affairs departments to help them meet their goals through strategic, engaging, and creative communication.

Community

This Office builds relationships with the Oxford community to address issues affecting students’ safety and well-being, as well as community concerns. We also educate off-campus students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens of Oxford. Initiatives include:

  • Partnership with Associated Student Government to plan two off-campus housing fairs, an annual off-campus student survey, and programming responsive to student needs
  • A website with resources on moving off campus, local laws and ordinances, and advice on being educated and informed tenants
  • Messaging and educational sessions for current 2nd year students and parents of rising juniors on living in Oxford

Students sitting by cannon in uptown parkSupport

The Commuter Resource Center in the Armstrong Student Center provides a space for commuters to study and socialize and offers programming, lockers, a charging station, and student staff members to answer questions.

The Office advises the Commuter Council student organization, presents at “Relocation Orientation”, and represents commuter students at summer orientation resource fairs. The Office also teaches a section of UNV 101 for commuter students.

As the primary point of contact for 8,000+ off-campus students, and 450+ commuters, the Office answers questions, troubleshoots areas of concern, and refers students to resources to support their experiences.


Key Facts & Figures:

  • Creates content and manages all central student affairs social media and website efforts (4,800+ pages) and serves as a primary resource for all communication efforts in all Student Affairs departments
  • Student Life website is viewed nearly 2 million times a year, by more than 225,000 unique users