The Upper Iowa University Civic Engagement program provides students with the opportunity to be involved in a variety of enriching, useful and practical experiences that serve the University and community.
Through Civic Engagement, students learn new skills, assume responsibilities, become aware of the needs of others and learn the importance of unselfish serving and giving.
Each student in Fayette involved in UIU clubs and student organizations is required to perform a minimum of 10 hours of community service each academic year.
Upper Iowa University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is committed to encouraging volunteerism by students. The program places teams of college students in communities to engage in positive social action and education. The goals can range from increasing cultural awareness, to bringing academic learning to life, or to creating a life-long service ethic. ASB trips encourage participation by any UIU student, regardless of enrollment location.
Alternative Spring Break trips have been a feature to UIU’s mission to provide service and learning to students since 2000. Sites for future trips cover a wide variety of locales. Past destinations include Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Colorado, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
May term service opportunities are open to all members of the University community.
Upper Iowa University’s Earth and Environmental Science curriculum is particularly suited to involve students in service learning. Many students majoring in conservation management also engage in service learning through courses or for their senior project. In addition, some pre-service science teachers and other students interested in informal science education create projects in which they educate school children on science or environmental themes. The Science and Environment Club at UIU welcomes students from any major with an interest in the environment and has a decades-long history of active participation in river clean ups, highway roadside clean up, recycling and other similar efforts.
Within the last several years, students taking the Environmental Science GIS course have been involved in community mapping projecting including:
Students in hydrogeology have created posters to educate citizens on water quality concerns and serve as volunteer leaders in river clean-up projects on the Volga and Turkey Rivers.
In addition, students completing senior projects and theses have also carried out projects including: