Our mission is to connect the campus and the local community and support proactive, collaborative initiatives to address shared challenges and opportunities.




Our Work and Strategic Initiatives

PDF icon UVM OSCR Initiatives in Neighborhoods

PDF icon Quality of Life Partnership - New initiatives, data, and progress

PDF icon Neighborhood programs

Community Coalition - Students, neighbors, landlords, city officials, and UVM staff dedicated to improving neighborhoods.



PDF icon University-Burlington Annual Report - UVM provides $1.3 million to the City annually for fire services and other costs related to the University's impact on the City.

PDF icon Payment for Services Agreement

PDF icon UVM Resources the Community can use - Educational, cultural, and other opportunities.

Links to on-campus partners and information - Office of Student and Community Relations, Student Life, Campus Planning Services, UVM Data

Links to off-campus partners and information - Burlington, Burlington Ordinances, Burlington Wards and Polling Places, Burlington Open Data, Colchester, South Burlington, Winooski

Joe Speidel, Director of Local Government and Community Relations


Joe has held positions at UVM in Career Services and the Development and Alumni Relations Office (now the UVM Foundation).  He earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Boston College, and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at UVM.  In 2009, he completed the Snelling Center's Vermont Leadership Institute and the Leadership Champlain program in 2016.

Joe's volunteer involvement has included the United Way of Chittenden County, the ECOS Project, the Parallel Justice Commission, the Burlington Sustainability Partnership, and Vermont Stage Company.