University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK, United States
The University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) was founded by OU President David L. Boren in 2008. The IQC connects Oklahoma’s civic leaders to resources that can help them reshape towns and cities in ways that improve our social ties, our environment, and our economy. “The built environment is so important to the kind of future we want to craft,” said President Boren. The IQC consults to communities, coordinates experiential learning opportunities for students, and engages international experts to share their wisdom in Oklahoma. The IQC also connects Oklahoma’s civic leaders to best practices. IQC staff and affiliated OU faculty participate in a variety of seminars and presentations held throughout Oklahoma, offering audiences insights on community building. Additionally, the IQC regularly hosts experts from outside of Oklahoma who speak to community groups, lecture OU students, and work with IQC staff on local projects. In 2013, the IQC engaged experts from around the globe to speak at the IQC’s biennial conference on placemaking. More than 800 civic leaders joined students, faculty, and staff on OU’s campus to learn about building better public spaces.