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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism office aims to connect the Eastern Illinois University campus with the outside world in a way that promotes both community betterment and student development.

By taking part in meaningful service initiatives, students expand their knowledge about pertinent social justice issues facing their community, grow their problem solving and critical thinking abilities, develop socially and ethically, and discover their place as civic leaders in the world. In line with EIU’s core values, the Civic Engagement and Volunteerism office believes that students should stand in partnership with their surrounding communities, locally, nationally, and globally to help solve pressing social issues. To see a listing of local agencies with whom we already has strong partnerships, click here.

Students are asked to not only perform meaningful community service, but also reflect on these experiences and inquire about the root causes of the social injustices they encounter. By offering an array of programs, we hope to provide entry points for a variety of students and community partners to benefit and get involved. We hope students, faculty, staff and community partners alike will take advantage of these resources.

Want to Set Up a Volunteer Experience?

Whether you are planning a service project for a class, searching for more information about engaged research, or hoping to find a volunteer opportunity for yourself, we can help you. We maintain a list of service opportunities, as well as a list of community agencies that you can work with. To learn more about our various community partners, please click here.

Our motivated and impassioned staff would be delighted to come and provide a class presentation about volunteering or on a specific area of need. Additionally, our team is ready to help you integrate service-learning aspects into your class experience.

Civic engagement in higher education encompasses experiential pedagogies such as community-based learning and community-based research. We are intent upon ensuring that the community-engaged projects we recommend to faculty members will result in desired learning outcomes and that such projects elucidate ways in which one’s discipline can be applied to a real-world setting.

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