In The Community



From community service to educational offerings for children and adults, to its economic impact on the region, The University of Texas at El Paso 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 education opportunities for students. Between 2014 and 2015, UTEP students completed more than 1 million community service hours through service learning and volunteering. Project MOVE is the University’s largest annual community service event, where students, faculty, staff and alumni work together to serve at dozens of sites in the Paso del Norte region each spring.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) provides learning opportunities to enhance the enjoyment, meaning and direction of adult lives as well as the health and well being of adults age 50 and older. Seeking to develop a community of older learners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, OLLI shares knowledge, sparks ideas, inspires new thinking and forges friendships.


GAFA, or the Golden Age Fitness Association, was created to provide older adults the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of fellow members. GAFA started in 2006 and aims to serve the older adult community with a comprehensive fitness program to improve overall health and functional ability and maintain independent living and mobility.


The Office of Professional and Public Programs (P3) is a unique program within The University of Texas at El Paso with the mission to provide 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 to serve as a gateway 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. Past presenters have included Sam Donaldson, award winning broadcast journalist, and Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature.

UTEP community volunteers
El Paso High School Beautification Project