Community Engagement

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Office of Community Engagement

Wilson Hall, Room 3000
371 Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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[email protected]

Community Engagement


Making a difference beyond campus

Oakland University shines throughout surrounding communities: locally, regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally. As a leader in academia, you can serve the needs and aspirations of our communities through research, teaching and service.

We aim to partner university knowledge and resources with the community to:

  • Enrich scholarship, research and creative activity
  • Address critical societal issues
  • Enhance curriculum, teaching and learning
  • Prepare educated, engaged citizens

Already blazing a trail of enrichment and connection? We want to hear and support your stories. Share your community work with us.

Martin “Marty” Shafer recording in the WXOU studio with a student.


Special Lecturer, CAS and WXOU adviser
Martin “Marty” Shafer teaches communication studies, coupled with his additional roles as WXOU’s faculty adviser and community radio teacher at Avondale School in Auburn Hills. Both radio stations double as a student and community station, providing a service to the local community while also giving him the opportunity to guide students in their educational endeavors.

Jun Chen, Ph.D. in a lab with a vehicle.


Associate Professor, SHS
Jun Chen, Ph.D., has made significant contributions to advance theory in engineering, complementing his shining lab work. He established the Electrified and Intelligent Systems Automation Lab (ELISA) at OU, which focuses on AI-assisted control algorithm development. Through ELISA, Dr. Chen is providing a unique space to advance intelligent vehicles in order to enhance knowledge in power and energy systems throughout the region.

Judith Fouladbakhsh, Ph.D. in a medical office.


Associate Professor, SON
Since launching a program that offers free health care for the homeless 14 years ago, Judith Fouladbakhsh, Ph.D., has watched her students radically rethink their perceptions of what a homeless person looks like and has experienced. The Holistic Integrative Healthcare for the Homeless program has been a highlight in Royal Oak and Pontiac.