The mission of the Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships ("OCEP") is to expand local and global initiatives that strengthen and sustain healthy communities, promote social justice, and help improve the quality of life for all.

OCEP carries out its mission by building mutually beneficial and reciprocal university–community partnerships founded on community engaged scholarship and service-learning pedagogy.

As a major research university located in a large metropolitan area, USF has significant relationships with its surrounding host communities. Collaborative partnerships contribute to the research and training of faculty and students in a wide variety of disciplines, and knowledge gained from these activities should be used to address local needs and societal problems.

USF will serve as a hub in a knowledge-based society in which various communities are involved in all phases of the knowledge process, as opposed to traditional models of universities as dispensers of knowledge in a one-way process. OCEP integrates teaching, research, and service into a delivery approach that involves its constituents and responds to the needs of diverse communities.