The Center promotes student-led initiatives around community engagement by:
- Overseeing the Community-Engaged Fellowship, which awards partial scholarships annually to students demonstrating a strong commitment to and history of community service and engagement.
- Supporting the efforts of faculty, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice and Student Involvement, and other university divisions supporting students in their continuum of community engagement experiences.
- Being co-located with the Community Building Institute, a partnership between Xavier and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati advancing Asset-Based Community Development.
Academic Service Learning Semesters in India, Ghana and the Cincinnati neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine allowed undergraduate students representing a variety of majors to combine 12-15 credit hours of academic study with community service under the guidance and supervision of Xavier faculty. Students spent a semester living in the host communities in the context of living and working with the economically poor. Their coursework provide students with knowledge of the culture, religion, history, government and economics of the area in which the semester took place, with an emphasis on issues of social justice.
Alternative Breaks, led by student leaders as part of Peace and Justice Programs, encourage student leaders to spend spring break or the first two weeks of summer immersed in service experiences learning about particular issues such as homelessness, urban youth, AIDS, or the environment in more than 20 national and international locations each year.
Community Building Institute works throughout the Cincinnati region to engage, empower and energize community residents, organizations and institutions to mobilize their collective talents and resources to improve communities based on a widely shared vision. A partnership with Xavier and the United Way, its staff has led the way in guiding the University in creating mutually beneficial partnerships with the neighborhoods that surround campus, and providing a portal through which faculty and students can engage the community.
ConneXions is a program led by Xavier staff and upper class students for first year students that offers a variety of weekly volunteer opportunities, along with a chance to build friendships while learning to make positive changes in society.
Urban Plunge, sponsored by Campus Ministry, invites first year students to connect their faith with action for peace and justice through overnight retreats in the Over-the-Rhine community.
X-Action, a group of student leaders dedicated to creating and managing volunteer programs for their peers, organizes activities during the academic year that encourages students to participate n one time service projects and also students to take part in weekly service commitments. One-time programs included Community Actio Day and Saturday Morning Service. More long term commitments were made through the STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) program, which identified 24 sites where students could be involved each week. Through X-Action's EXCEL (Evanston and Xavier Cooperating on Every Level) program, students engaged in a host of efforts in the Evanston community, including volunteering with neighborhood youth at the community recreation center.
Community Partners Database
In partnership with XU Communications, the Eigel Center has developed and designed a searchable online database of community partners to identify service learning opportunities. Faculty, students, and staff can now access and search 190+ organizations to identify possible partnerships for service learning and community service.
To identify a community partner for a service learning or community service-based project, search the database by using the provided categories or enter your own search terms. Entries provide a brief description of the partner, a website link, and contact information. The database also identifies the neighborhood or community served, as well as the location of the partner’s office in relation to campus.