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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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2021 Donor Impact Report

In 2020-21, our donors helped communities find the resilience to overcome big challenges.

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Vice-President of External Relations

Elan MacDonald

Elan MacDonald is a government relations expert with 25 years’ experience working with political, community, public and private sector agencies and organizations. She has a wealth of experience in building community and government partnerships and leading strategic communications. Under her leadership, the External Relations portfolio is responsible for advancing and enhancing the relationships, reputation, and story of the University of Alberta.

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Elan MacDonald