Our Mission

Part of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) enhances educational outreach at the University of Michigan through the scholarship of engagement toward developing a diverse community of scholars: it supports faculty, staff and student groups in developing and implementing educational outreach programs; it engages under-resourced schools and communities to encourage academic excellence and the promotion of a college-going culture; and it cultivates partnerships to advance educational outreach activities.

Our Guiding Principles

Expanding educational opportunity
CEO recognizes that a democratic society depends on an informed and involved citizenry, that managers and leaders need accurate information when making decisions, and that society benefits from the advances and insights that are developed through higher learning.

Access to higher education
Through partnerships and information sharing, the CEO encourages students to plan for postsecondary education and helps them realize the value of higher education. At the same time, CEO encourages universities to work collaboratively with schools and community agencies to provide access to higher education and financial aid.

Academic excellence
Success in school, and in later life, is predicated on a commitment to learning and personal development. CEO encourages students to cultivate their intellectual abilities fully and to prepare for the future through academic achievement at the highest levels.

Empowerment through higher education
College attainment is a gateway to economic security and improved quality of life. CEO’s programs and activities emphasize the benefits and personal empowerment that result from attending college.

Diversity in college enrollment
The rich diversity of our society should be reflected in college classrooms in order to fully prepare college graduates for the roles they will play as leaders, managers, and professionals in society. Thus, CEO promotes and supports efforts to enroll a diverse student body at the college level.

Our Approach

Driven by our mission and guiding principles, CEO seeks to discover, develop, foster and celebrate mutually beneficial, mission-focused partnerships within and outside the university to inspire, engage, and inform the next generations of leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.”