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Division of Student Affairs & Diversity

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-4200
studentaffairs@oakland.edu

Division of Student Affairs & Diversity

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4200
studentaffairs@oakland.edu

Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2190
provost@oakland.edu

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Community Engagement Highlights

View the Community Partnerships Resource Guide for a listing of additional ways to be partnered, engaged, and involved in your community. This guide contains baseline community engagement information, current as of August 2017.

Community member name and highlight
Christian Marcillo of Pontiac Main Street (aka Pontiac Downtown Business Association). Christian (OU alumni, class of ‘92) is responsive and collaborative with the university community in a variety of ways and is a master connector between campus and downtown businesses. Christian coordinated Grizz Night which helped connect OU students to downtown Pontiac to showcase the city’s businesses and growth. He created and distributed detailed maps, rallied businesses to join in on the festivities by creating an event at their site and followed through the day of the event with on-site management to make the event run smoothly. Main Street Pontiac won the Oakland County ‘Telling your Story’ award on May 11, 2017 for Grizz Night.

Community-engaged research
Dr. Tanya Christ (SEHS), along with Ms. Jennifer Dean from Alcott Elementary in Pontiac collaborated to design two new undergraduate service-learning courses to provide weekly on-site learning experiences for undergraduate preservice teachers and additional support for literacy assessment and instruction for Alcott K-5 students.

These courses, in addition to those that are regularly offered at the Baldwin Center in Pontiac, resulted in 76 OU undergraduate preservice teachers working with 216 K-5 Pontiac children for a total of 518 literacy learning hours. Aligned with this experience, OU preservice teachers hosted or participated in family literacy nights at both Alcott Elementary and the Baldwin Center. We are grateful to Dr. Dawn Henretty (OU graduate) for teaching two of these courses, and Ms. Angela Tabb from the Baldwin Center for her ongoing collaboration to make these service-learning courses a success for all!