Student fundraising efforts include the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life ($42,000); VISION's Alternative Spring Break Program ($22,000); and Habitat for Humanity ($40,000). Generally these student fundraising activities were conducted by students under the guidance and support of such campus offices as VISION and the Department of Diversity and Community Involvement (DCI).
Over 50 undergraduate and graduate Social Work students have participated in this annual week-long community immersion course since its inception in 2012 providing core services to the Jamaican fishing villages in the development of a mentor program, and the training of parents in the Love and Logic curriculum.
For EMU students, community engagement encompasses a variety of activities that seek to connect the campus to the wider community. Volunteering takes place individually and in groups, through one-time initiatives and long-term commitments. Our definition of community engagement, however, extends beyond volunteerism to include active participation in local governments, festivals, and 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 choose from the following opportunities:
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 LBC requirements, earn your work-study award, obtain class credit, meet new people, or spend time learning about our world.
Study Abroad. Eastern Michigan University's Academic Programs Abroad offers a variety of study abroad programs including cultural history programs, travel and study programs, direct exchanges, intensive language and programs offered over winter break and during summer.
Learn more about EMU-based curriculum and programs. The Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities (ISCFC) explores contemporary issues and enriches family and community life through the application of scholarly research and practical expertise, innovative projects and leadership in collaborative problem-solving efforts.
Learn more about Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credit. EMU offers a manual for students looking to learn more about this general education requirement.