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 allow 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 spend a semester living and working in host communities within the context of the economically poor. Coursework provides the students with knowledge of the host community's culture, religion, history, government, and economics; 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. A;ternative Breaks is hosted 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 provide 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. ConneXions activities also provides opportunities for students to build friendships while learning how 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 in either one time projects or weekely service commitments. One time programs included Community Action Day and Saturday Morning Service. More long term commitments can be made through the STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) program, which has identified sites where students can be involved each week. Through X-Action's EXCEL (Evanston and Xavier Cooperating on Every Level) program, students engage in a host of efforts in the Evanston community, including volunteering with neighborhood youth at the community recreation center.