In The Community



From community service to educational offerings for children and adults to its economic impact on the region, UTEP serves beyond its enrolled student population.


Service learning and volunteer service is a major part of the University. Along with the Center for Civic Engagement, the University has fostered partnerships among public schools, nonprofit organizations and social service agencies within the community. UTEP and its community partners identify solutions to community problems and develop educational opportunities for students. UTEP students annually complete more than 1 million community service hours through service learning and volunteering. More than 70 percent of community engagement comes from academic-based activities where students learn and work collaboratively with the community they serve.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UTEP brings the excitement and stimulation of college learning to adults age 50 and older in order to enhance the enjoyment, meaning and direction of their lives and to contribute to their health and well-being. OLLI seeks to connect its members to the brightest minds and ideas, including emeritus and current faculty from UTEP and other colleges as well as professionals from the community. OLLI members share knowledge, spark ideas, inspire new thinking and forge new friendships.


The Physical Fitness in the Golden Age program is a community-based exercise program for older adults offered on campus and at locations in east and west El Paso. The program aims to serve the older adult community and utilizes a comprehensive fitness program to improve overall health and functional ability of the participants and maintain their mobility and independent living.


Professional and Public Programs (P3) is a unit of Extended University. It is a unique program within UTEP with the mission of providing high-quality continuing education, including nontraditional academic and lifelong learning opportunities, for professional development, personal enrichment, and academic growth. It fosters and supports the larger University mission of access to an improved quality of life for people of the Paso del Norte region.


UTEP is a significant economic force in the Paso del Norte region that contributes millions of dollars to the area economy and creates jobs for thousands of individuals. UTEP is one of El Paso County’s largest businesses, comprising approximately 5.2 percent of the total economy and making a larger contribution than sectors such as transportation and construction. UTEP is El Paso’s fifth largest employer and its presence has created an estimated 6,577 jobs in the region. In all, UTEP adds $1.4 billion to the county economy each year.


UTEP hosts free public events and lectures throughout the year, including the Centennial Lecture Series, which invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture and lives in the years ahead. Recent campus presenters have included Ron Stallworth, author and retired law enforcement officer who was the subject of the recent Spike Lee film “BlacKkKlansman;” Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft; and Sir Fraser Stoddart, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016.

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