Research Opportunities & Initiatives


Students, Community, Organizational Staff, Faculty, Campus Administrators/Staff & Community Residents (SOFAR)

Recognize. Identify. Expand. CSL staff members have developed a graphic reflection and assessment process to support campuses and communities in improving communication and network building based on the SOFAR model of partnership relationships.

A student digs a hole to plant a plant through the Beautify IUPUI service project, while another student stands ready to help

SOFAR is an acronym that represents five of the key stakeholder constituencies engaged in community-campus collaborations. These include students, community, organization staff, faculty, campus administrators/staff, and community residents.

View the SOFAR Framework.

In providing a framework for expanding interactions, SOFAR is a means to visually recognize and identify issues outside of one’s circle of knowledge. In other words, SOFAR is a model for using visual reflection tools to build capacity for partnership improvement (PowerPoint). Publications regarding SOFAR detail its usefulness in better understanding and improving partnerships.

For more information contact Mary Price, CSL’s director of faculty development at