Join We CU


Open to both grads and undergrads, students must view the information session to enroll in the We CU Fall Program 

Become a We CU Scholar!

  1. Join the We CU GivePulse Group (view instructions
  2. Participate in an informational session and training
  3. Be respectful, compassionate, professional, and accountable to our community partners and the people they serve
  4. Track at least 20 hours of service during the summer, fall, or spring program 

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Benefits for participating students

  • Access to dozens of semester-long service projects
  • Opportunities to get involved and develop a stronger connection to the CU community 
  • University support and distinct recognition for community service 
  • Eligibility for the mini-grants program to offset costs associated with service activities
  • Cultural competency training to enrich your service work and strengthen their relationships 
  • Guidance on how to communicate your service experience on resumes and in interviews

Julia Poel

We CU Scholar
Letters Against Isolation

It's rewarding to know that my work on these letters will help someone else have a good day during this time of self-isolation. By combatting loneliness, I am helping my community care for our seniors’ mental and physical health.

We CU Info Session

View the recorded information session to learn more and receive instructions for joining the We CU program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Participate in an informational session and training
  • Be respectful, compassionate, professional, and accountable to our community partners and the people they serve
  • Complete and track at least 20 hours of service over the semester using the GivePulse platform

As a We CU Scholar, you will track your service hours and activities online using the GivePulse platform. The following types of service hours may count towards We CU scholar recognition:

  • Service completed through service learning courses or academic programs that have built-in service requirements
  • Service completed through unpaid internships, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, or other membership organizations
  • Service completed through other self-identified projects. View or attend the info session to learn more.

There are many kinds of projects and ways to choose them! Students may complete a variety of remote, community-based projects from campus or from anywhere in the world. Students may identify their own community-based projects, sign up for projects through GivePulse, or be matched with service opportunities through service learning classes, unpaid internships, and fellowships. Examples of projects completed during the past year include:

  • Packing and carrying groceries for Channing-Murray Foundation’s Bucket Brigade food pantry delivery efforts
  • Leading Kindergarten to fifth grade STEM activities at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy
  • Writing and creating social media content for community organizations like Unity in Action Magazine

The Community Learning Lab (CLL) in the School of Social Work works with more than 200 community organizations in Champaign County to fulfill community needs through student projects. The We CU team will collect these projects and match them with classes, student groups, and individual students. Students may also self-identify projects and log their hours as part of We CU.