Community engagement is in our DNA

IUPUI is inextricably connected to the world around us. Our campus covers more than 534 acres within the city of Indianapolis but our reach goes deep into the community.

Our commitment to community engagement can be seen in almost everything we do, whether we’re helping students succeed in the classroom or working to increase the well-being of our city, country, and world.

We’re here to facilitate these activities, creating and nurturing partnerships between campus and community in ways that matter.

Community engagement by the numbers

9,737students enrolled in community-based learning courses in 2015–16

1,000,000+hours of student engagement in the community through courses

4campus-wide days of service

875 community partners

63%of alumni reported participating in community service or volunteer work while at IUPUI

24%of faculty report engaging in a collaborative research project with a community partner

57%of IUPUI employees live in Marion County

57.7%of students voted in 2016

177community service scholarship recipients annually

IUPUI was among the first cohort of campuses to recieve the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2006—the gold standard for the field—and was reclassified in 2015.

Making an impact in our community

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Indiana Kids program returns to provide free tutoring and mentoring to grade-school students

As students across Indiana are returning to middle and high schools, an Indiana University program to help many of them has been renewed. The IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, in a partnership with all other IU campuses, took over a program last year that began in 2016 to provide free tutoring, mentoring, and college and career workshops to students in grades 6-12.

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IU announces progress toward its Precision Health Grand Challenge goals of cures and prevention

Indiana University researchers and physicians have announced progress toward their bold goals of developing cures and preventive treatments for devastating diseases prevalent among Indiana residents. IU-led interviewers will go door to door across Indiana to improve health through research.

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360 Dust Analysis program at IUPUI offers free test of household dust contaminants

Now, U.S. and Canadian households can easily determine whether the dust in their homes is harboring dangerous contaminants such as lead or chromium by sending what they collect when vacuuming to the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI for free analysis as part of the global 360 Dust Analysis project.

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