For EMU students, community engagement encompasses a variety of activities with the goal of connecting the campus to the wider community. Volunteering takes place individually and in groups, through one-time initiatives and long-term commitments.

Community engagement can extend beyond volunteerism to include active participation in local governments, events and involvement as residents of our community. Our impact is focused locally, in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County, but is also present through a variety of national and international partnerships supported through service, advocacy and philanthropy.

Students interested in being involved in community engagement at EMU can connect in a variety of ways:

Volunteer. The VISION Volunteer Center's student-led programs, comprised of direct service as well as education and advocacy components, are a great way to meet Learning Beyond the Classroom requirements, earn your work-study award, obtain class credit, meet new people or spend time learning about our world. Search volunteer opportunities and record your volunteer hours at Volunteer Connection.

Take a class. Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) offers a long list of courses at EMU in a wide variety of subjects, which integrate a community engagement component in the coursework.

Work in the Community. Participate in EMU’s community work-study program by using your work-study award to work in local community organizations.

Be an Intern. The Non-Profit Leadership Association (NLA) offers a list of internship opportunities with non-profit organizations.

Learn more about Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credit. EMU offers a manual for students looking to learn more about this general education requirement.

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Service in Haiti: EMU’s Students Alternative Summer Break

For the fourth consecutive year, EMU students engaged in eleven days of service and engagement experience in Haiti through a serving and learning Alternative Break through the VISION Volunteer Center.

Community Plunge

In the fall of 2016, 93 mostly first semester, first year students, participated in a day of service totaling 279 hours in the community.

A teacher and elementary students
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