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Civic Engagement Task Force

The mission of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning is to involve students, faculty, and staff in service activities that mutually benefit the campus and community. Programs are designed based upon the following program goals: To support the development of service learning classes. To increase campus participation in community service activities. To strengthen campus-community partnerships. To advance the scholarship of service. To promote civic engagement in higher education. In Fall 2000, the Dean of the Faculties and the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Institutional Improvement appointed a Civic Engagement Task Force to (a) examine methods to document civic engagement activities,…

Commitment to Excellence

As part of IUPUI s Commitment to Excellence project, $700,000 has been designated to support a three-year program initiative to increase intrastructure within academic units to increase student involvement in the community. Three proposals were available to full-time faculty: Interdisciplinary Community Partnerships, IUPUI-Eiteljorg Course Development Grant, and Engaged Department/School Grants. This first year (2003), $45,000 has been awarded: a. Nursing/Physical Education project on obesity in partnership with Cold Spring Elementary School b.Geology/Liberal Arts /SPEA/ project on the environment in partnership with the Central Indiana Water Resources Partnership c.Engineering/Technology project to host student interns in partnership with nonprofit organizations (e.g., Timmy…

Community Work-Study Program

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is committed to the programmatic use of Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds to address local community needs. The Community Work-Study Program currently places 18% of all FWS positions in community settings, with a targeted goal of 25% in the next two years. A full-time Coordinator for Community Work Study oversees program development and implementation. The IUPUI Center for Service and Learning began an America Reads tutoring in 1997. Annually, more than 60 IUPUI college students serve over 350 preschool and elementary students with one-on-one tutoring at eight community sites. Youths receiving this tutoring assistance demonstrate an average…

IUPUI-WESCO Community-University Partnership

Beginning in 1996, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) made a concerted effort to reduce historical tensions between the university and the Near Westside Community (i.e., WESCO). The Office of Neighborhood Partnerships in the Center for Service and Learning supports the relationship between the campus and WESCO and leverages university resources to build upon the IUPUI-WESCO Partnership. In 1998, the IUPUI-WESCO Partnership was awarded a Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) grant from the HUD Office of University Partnerships. Initially, the IUPUI-WESCO Partnership focused on three areas of work: organizational development, educational policy and programming, and economic development. As the Partnership…

Educational Leadership in Service-Learning

Dr. Mary R. Moeller Course Description: This special topics course is designed to meet the needs of two groups of educators.  For practicing teachers and future administrators taking earning graduate credit, this course is an opportunity to learn about the mechanics of service-learning as a pedagogy in the P-12 classroom and to work together with pre-service teacher candidates in a mentoring relationship to develop and implement service-learning projects in the teacher’s school.   For undergraduate pre-service teachers, this course provides information on service-learning as a pedagogy/philosophy and an opportunity to work under the tutelage of practicing teachers to develop and…

Adapted Physical Education

HPER P398 Adapted Physical Education Course Introduction Welcome to your service learning experience focusing on the community of disability and physical activity. The purpose of this class is three-fold: (1) to understand the legal requirements as designated by Public Law 108-446, (2) to understand the unique characteristics of disability and how it can affect teaching, and (3) to learn as you participate in your service learning experience, the unique attributes of families and individuals with disabilities as it pertains to their challenges, their development, and their daily life. The course philosophy is, “We must become the change we want to…

Environmental Conservation Course

Students in G315 Environmental Conservation Course spend two Saturdays with the Nature Conservancy on site with a naturalist eliminating non-native species and planting native species. The naturalist is available for environmental questions while the students contribute maintaining the conservation areas.

IUPUI Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program

The IUPUI Community Service Scholarship Program was recently renamed after the late Sam H. Jones, the CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League to honor his legacy as a community leader. The scholarship program began in 1994 and recognizes IUPUI students for previous service to their high school, campus, or community, and supports their continued involvement in educationally meaningful service, leadership, and social advocacy. As of Fall 2003, 291 students have been awarded over $600,000 in scholarship monies and continued service at over 200 community sites. Website: http://csl.iupui.edu/ocs/samjones.asp

Service for First Year Students

IUPUI Office of Community Service coordinated the Service First outreach event for first-year students with a tour of communities near the IUPUI campus. Students learned about the history of the IUPUI-neighborhood organization (WESCO)partnership and visited a community center. At the community center, students worked with the preschool and kindergarten children to create a craft, they played games with senior citizens, and prepared lunch.