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University Students

The Policy and Research Legislative Fellowship is a new, non-partisan initiative, supported by the Office of Public Engagement and administered by the Center for Social & Behavioral Science (CSBS) that matches graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a state legislator representing Champaign-Urbana or a neighboring district to collaborate on a policy research project that can inform public policy to help make Illinois a better place to live.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MSI Alliance was stood up to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing and obtaining doctoral degrees with the aim of increasing the number of diverse faculty and researchers in all areas of study. An increase of students and faculty from diverse populations will also increase social justice within higher education thus providing financial equity. Students from member MSIs, that are interested in pursuing graduate degrees are encouraged to participate in the Alliance educational, research, and networking programs.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MSI Alliance aims to provide resources and support to MSI student as they transition from undergraduate to graduate studies across disciplines. Through listening sessions with MSI students, we have learned the importance of building community by networking with other students that “look like me.” Illinois' students can make an impact by acting as a peer mentor to an MSI student which is mutually beneficial as it builds leadership skills, shapes leaders of tomorrow, changes someone's world, and provides a new perspective.

WeCU empowers students to make a positive impact in the community while building their resume and enriching their university experience. We CU honors students for their community-based work and provides them with training, connection to like-minded peers, access to service opportunities with partner organizations, and support from We CU program leaders.

We CU is supported by the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, College of Education, Humanities Research Institute, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, School of Social Work, and University of Illinois Alumni Association.

The iExplore Illinois Summer Program is designed to welcome Champaign-Urbana K-12 students, staff, mentors, and families to tour facilities and engage in activities with various Illinois units. Public Engagement partnered with multiple destinations to give youth in our community an opportunity to explore and have a behind-the-scenes look at the research, education, and activities taking place at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Campus partners include Illinois Library, Abbott Power Plant, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum, Institute of Genomic Biology, Siebel Center for Design, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Illini Union to name a few.

With Illini GivePulse, university students can enrich the lives of people here on campus, in C-U, the surrounding areas, and beyond as they search for volunteer opportunities by date, group or cause. Illini GivePulse is an online platform where students can find events or activities to get involved with and track their impacts Whether a student is seeking public service through an RSO, course, Greek House, or their own enrichment, there are countless ways to serve on campus and in the greater community.

Do you want to volunteer for a cause you feel strongly about? Sign up at
Illini GivePulse!

University Faculty and Staff

By giving to the Campus Charitable Fund Drive employees can help improve the lives of people in our community and around the world. CCFD gives university employees precise control over where their contributions are spent. Whether you want to help alleviate poverty and hunger, preserve a natural area, fight discrimination, prevent child abuse, or cure a deadly disease, there is a nonprofit working to see these goals become reality.

Emerging Community Leaders (ECL) is a personal development program designed for professionals to learn how they can impact our community through nonprofit volunteerism. Through this program, participants learn about our community and the needs we face through the eyes of nonprofit partners and volunteers. With the expansion of in-person activities, we are excited to bring this program exclusively to our faculty and employees who may be new to the area and have a desire to enhance their understanding of the surrounding community.

Faculty and Administrators from Minority Serving Institutions can reach out to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MSI Alliance if interested in working with research collaborators at Illinois. Our office works closely with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and can assist in making connections with the campus interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.

We aim to build extensive multi-directional partnerships between Illinois and participating MSIs. Through the support of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MSI Alliance Illinois faculty are encouraged to provide outreach to MSIs through faculty exchanges, research collaborations, and co-teaching.

Through Illini GivePulse, faculty and staff can administer and post opportunities for service-learning projects, special events or any volunteer need. Illini GivePulse is an online platform used to list, find, organize, and measure the impact of service-learning, philanthropy, and volunteerism in the community, both on and off campus. Administrators can customize their opportunities to fit their specific purpose.

Do you want to get set up on GivePulse for a service-learning course or to promote volunteer opportunities on campus or in the community? Click on Illini GivePulse to get started or contact us at


Public engagement is at the heart of the mission for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Illini GivePulse is an online platform used to promote volunteer opportunities to campus and the greater community. With Illini GivePulse, students, faculty, staff and community members will be able to enrich the lives of people here in C-U, the surrounding areas, and beyond through this application of interconnected groups and organizations. Community Partners will receive training and support to set up their Illini GivePulse page to engage with campus.

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