The Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network (OEPN) is a community of practice for university staff, non-tenure-track faculty, and community partners. These outreach and engagement professionals—or “boundary spanners”—develop and sustain relationships between higher education institutions and community partner organizations by facilitating, managing, directing, and administering ongoing projects, programs, services, and research.
The OEPN is sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) and is committed to advancing community engagement efforts that increase well-being, equity, and much more. Each year the OEPN hosts a professional development workshop before the ESC international conference. The workshop offers outreach and engagement practitioners the chance to develop skills and identify ways to advocate strategically for and lead outreach and engagement work. All "boundary spanners" who facilitate community-university partnerships are welcome and encouraged to attend.