Grounded in community values and priorities, and mindful of privilege, service is the conscious act of working toward the equity of society and the welfare of others. Student Leadership and Civic Engagement provides a variety of programs and service opportunities with community partners in the many neighborhoods of Chicago, supporting students to become lifelong active citizens.

Student Leadership and Civic Engagement defines community service for students as the process of engaging in volunteer activities without pay to help give back to their community. Students receive some benefit by learning more about how their service makes a difference in the lives of the service recipients and its impact in the community. (Furco, 1996). This can include student organization involvement, but should not include hours spent on fundraising specifically for the organization, recruiting members for the organization, or on meetings related to club operations and business. This also should not include donating funds, political lobbying, religious instruction or conducting worship, or service only to family members. This definition, and these examples, align with the eligibility requirements of the President's Volunteer Service Award.


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Service Roundtables and Service-Focused Student Organizations

Active Citizen Continuum

We use the Active Citizen Continuum to help students make meaning of, and transition through, their service and community engagement.

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