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Community Engagement Consultation Plan

Read how the university will support community engagement work over the coming years and strengthen community engagement in its many forms across campus.

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Office of the Vice-President (External Relations)

External Relations raises awareness and enhances understanding of the University of Alberta, internally and externally.


The External Relations team brings to light stories that showcase our faculty, staff, students and alumni, connect the university with its many communities and advocate for the U of A as we advance our promise of uplifting the whole people. We lead and determine the strategy for both external and internal initiatives and help develop the reputation of and pride in the university.

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Projects and Initiatives

Community Connections Awards

Community Connections Awards

Three awards are presented annually to individuals and groups who support, study and work at the U of A and have embodied the promise to "uplift the whole people" those who support, study and work at the University of Alberta.

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Green & Gold Day

Green & Gold Day

Green and Gold Day is the U of A's premier school spirit event, celebrating the people who make the U of A the vibrant, involved and innovative community that it is—students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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United Way

United Way Campaign

Many of the 50 member organizations partnered with the United Way also partner with the U of A. Most importantly, they help people on our campuses directly through the services they provide.

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Donor Impact Report 2023

In 2022-23, our donors helped us prepare the next generation of change makers, community builders and world shapers.

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Vice-President of External Relations

Elan MacDonald

Elan MacDonald, ICD.D is the Vice President, External Relations at the University of Alberta. Elan has spent her career advising organizations and corporations to sustain and grow their businesses by navigating government, policy development, crisis communications, the regulatory and legislative processes, and the shifting political, social and economic landscapes.

She offers a unique perspective among government relations and communication professionals that spans 25 years as a values-driven executive in political, private sector and community and stakeholder relations roles.

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