Office of Public Engagement Supported Student Engagement

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.

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.

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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.

An overview of summer 2022 can be found here.
For more details on the summer 2023 program, click here.

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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. Becoming a student mentor is mutually beneficial in that the value for the mentor includes, becoming a leader, shaping leaders of tomorrow, changing someone’s world, and gaining a new perspective.

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!

Other Ways to Get Involved

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Civic Life provides support, resources, and professional development to student organizations with a service mission; prepares students to serve WITH communities through using humble practices and sustainable partnerships; directs students to service-learning opportunities that supports the outcomes of co-curricular education; creates and maintains local, national, and global partnerships with organizations that value student development and transformational learning; and implements programs that coincide with the university’s strategy to boost student affinity for global and civic awareness.

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The Summer Youth Program is a seven-week employment and training program designed to introduce youth to campus professionals who will positively impact their futures. The program’s vision is that through summer employment local students will gain professional work experience, receive positive career development skills, and build a positive relationship with the University of Illinois as a future academic or career destination.