About OEI


Engaged global citizens creating a better world together


To prepare and inspire students, faculty, staff and community partners to work together to solve the world’s most difficult problems


OEI values…

respect and empathy

collaboration and reciprocity

creativity and experimentation

difference and diversity

reflection and growth

multiple forms of knowledge


Advance Engaged Cornell

OEI stewards Engaged Cornell, the ethos fueling the advancement of Cornell’s mission through community-engaged discovery and learning.

Cultivate collaborative partnerships

OEI helps faculty, students, staff and partners establish and nourish mutually beneficial collaborations.

Promote high-impact teaching and learning

Staff in OEI work with faculty to integrate community engagement into courses to achieve rigorous student learning outcomes.

Support robust scholarship

Disciplinary knowledge can be advanced through community engagement. OEI works with faculty and their undergraduates and with graduate students to enhance research.

Develop global citizen leaders

OEI student programming cultivates engaged leadership skills and student agency that undergraduates can carry with them as they look to their next stage in life — in the workplace and in public life.

Champion a culture of community engagement

OEI strengthens community engagement through continuous examination of its impact on communities, Cornell and higher education.