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Office of Academic Community Engagement

Welcome to the Office of Academic Community Engagement (ACE)

WesternU is committed to our communities, and community engagement is central to the WesternU core mission: To produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities. ACE builds the relationships and partnerships with others across our community that provide pathways for student success. One of our hopes and dreams is that every student will understand they have an equal opportunity to succeed in life, in school, and in college. If you would like to partner with WesternU from an academic perspective, contact Elizabeth Rega, PhD at

Please see some of WesternU’s academic collaborations below.

WesternU students from mentoring and inspiring local Pre-K through high school students during Health Career Ladder

Health Career Ladder Pathways to Success

WesternU’s Health Career Ladder offers a pathway fostering the progress of students from the Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon communities in becoming skilled and compassionate health care practitioners in a variety of medical and health care professions. The program provides support, academic enrichment, and mentorship to children to be inspired with a career in medicine. Workshops are conducted by WesternU health care professionals and WesternU students who are studying to become health care professionals.
SHPEP 2022 group photos

Summer Health Education Professions Education Program (SHPEP) A Summer of Opportunity

Western University of Health Sciences is one of 12 national SHPEP program sites. WesternU offers this summer enrichment program for college freshmen and sophomores who are interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and optometry. During the six week course, students gain valuable hands-on clinical skills development activities and more.

Community Connections

  • WesternU Chief of Community and Governmental Affairs Jeff Keating, MA, is cutting the ribbon. School of Arts & Enterprise
  • Health Career Ladder students Health Career Ladder
  • SHEPEP students SHPEP