UM System

About the University of Missouri System

The University of Missouri System (UM System) is not only composed of its four campuses— the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T), and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)—but also a statewide health care system, multiple research parks and incubators, agricultural research stations, extension centers, and more. Collectively, the UM System is a multibillion-dollar enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of Missourians. For more information about the UM System, visit the about page. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, see us on Instagram, and watch us on YouTube.

About Community Connect

UM System Community Connect sites tell the stories of partnerships with communities across the state and highlight ways to get involved.

In 2020, the UM System and each of its four universities launched their Community Connect platforms – tools designed to improve opportunities for communication and connection between the universities and various populations in the communities they serve.

Each Community Connect site features stories of community engagement, upcoming events, resources, services and campus contacts to support and facilitate community conversations. Each site also includes an Impact Report – key data about the impact the universities are making in their communities. At the UM System level, users can sort data by county or legislative district to see the programs, opportunities and impact data in targeted area in the Impact Report.

If you have questions about the UM System Community Connect site, please contact our Engagement Leaders.

What is Engagement?

Fundamentally, engagement is a mutually-beneficial partnership between Universities and their communities. In this context, all the ways in which the University of Missouri System and the greater community partner to establish a relationship of value, share information and improve the lives of those in Missouri and beyond is considered engagement work.

The UM System Office of Engagement and Outreach recognizes and celebrates the engagement that happens organically through daily interactions between the public and each person, unit, department, office, and school at all four universities across the system. The Office of Engagement seeks to leverage these interactions and foster even stronger ties with the citizens of Missouri through strategic engagement, which can come in many forms.