We CU supports partnerships between local organizations and service learning instructors to create impactful learning experiences for students, honor students for their community-based work, and promote positive change in our community.
We accomplish this mission by:
- Supporting service learning instructors in the planning and implementation of community engaged teaching
- Training undergraduate and graduate students on ethical community engagement and recognizing those who make a positive impact in our community
- Partnering with the Community Learning Lab to foster long-term, reciprocal partnerships with community organizations in the Champaign Urbana area
Principles that guide our work:
We CU centers the needs of local community partners and builds mutually beneficial partnerships between instructors, students, and community organizations.
We CU supports instructors and students in meeting community needs.
We CU offers students hands-on experiences and workshops that build new skillsets, perspectives, and networks.
By joining We CU, students become part of diverse group of peers passionate about serving the community. Students have the opportunity to attend training sessions, learn from one another, and work closely with other We CU students on projects. Further, students receive the support of We CU team members, who help answer questions, connect them with opportunities, and guide their journey in becoming a We CU scholar.
Students involved in We CU become actively engaged in meeting Champaign-Urbana community needs throughout their time at the University of Illinois. With the support of student volunteers, partner organizations advance their missions, serve more people, and strengthen the community at large. Each individual project has the power to build a foundation of collaboration that will continue for years to come.
Through community-based work, students gain essential hands-on experience that complements and enhances what they learn in the classroom. Students may be connected with projects that both build practical knowledge in their area of study or diversify their skill sets to make them more attractive to future employers. They also gain visibility with potential employers, experience to list on the resume, and powerful stories to tell in interviews. We CU students have an opportunity to graduate with an expanded worldview, and a greater understanding of how they might contribute to our larger society.
We CU is supported by the University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor, College of Education, Humanities Research Institute, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, School of Social Work, and University of Illinois Alumni Association