The Office of Community-Engaged Learning supports University of Michigan-Dearborn's mission by:
Cultivating faculty who are leaders in their disciplines, inspire their students, and care for their students' needs;
Creating and sharing pioneering interdisciplinary research that supports diverse sections of our economy, with an emphasis on work that serves the common good;
Making lasting local impacts by valuing the experiences, knowledge, needs, and voices of our business and community partners; and
Forging mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies
In 2022-2023, OCEL has supported UM-Dearborn in the following ways:
We acknowledge that the University of Michigan resides on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – The Three Fire Confederacy of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Wyandot Nation. In particular, the university resides on land gifted by the three Nations and the Wyandot Nation, along with many other Indigenous Nations, in the 1817 Treaty of Fort Meigs. We acknowledge the language of "gift" in the original treaty entails mutual relationships between treaty parties, respect, and obligation on the part of the settlers. We advocate for Indigenous struggles against ongoing settler-colonization and strive for a decolonized future.