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Civic Engagement Center (CEC)

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From its inception, National Louis University (NLU) has been a progressive institution. Its founder, Elizabeth Harrison, believed that the success of a community began with educating the youngest of its children. What started as a school to train young women in the 1880’s to become kindergarten teachers has blossomed into a multi-campus University committed to creating an affordable and innovative setting of higher learning for first-generation and urban students who want to make a positive impact on their communities.  NLU’s Civic Engagement Center (CEC), established in 2004, serves as the university’s resource center providing opportunities for students to learn and serve and is a key part of NLU’s broader mission.

The Civic Engagement Center is your campus resource for life-changing opportunities to learn and serve. National Louis University has always been an active and integral member of the community. We train the teachers, principals, social workers, business leaders and community developers who contribute to the health and prosperity of our cities, towns and neighborhoods. We also believe that service is one of the greatest teachers. It opens the heart while challenging the mind to solve real problems for real people. Both students and communities win when service is integrated into the curriculum.

The mission of the Civic Engagement Center (CEC) is aligned with National Louis University's mission - to advance the education of students to become civic-minded, actively engaged, life-long scholars and leaders on campus, locally, throughout the nation and globally.

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Student Trip to Washington DC (March 28-31, 2020)

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Civic Engagement Center is organizing and sponsoring a 3-day student leadership trip to Washington DC March 28-31, 2020. A selective group of 10 students chaperoned by two NLU student success coaches Samantha Rivera and Josiel Marrufo will fly to the capital to visit the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, National Museum of African American History, National Museum of American History,  Holocaust Memorial Museum, lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and meet congressional staffers at the U.S. Capitol to learn about government.

COST: The trip is sponsored by the Civic Engagement Center and the Undergraduate College (UGC), and is open to UGC students only. Student contributions are as follows:

- No application fee.
- If selected, $100 deposit towards the trip.
- In addition, provide 8-12 volunteer service hours to the University (TBD; in the past, participants volunteered in Admissions/Enrollment or Student Experience)

APPLICATION: Application is now closed. The deadline was 5PM CST December 31, 2019. Civic Engagement Center has received 76 applications for 10 spots.  Resuts were announced Wed January 22, 2020. 

 -Questions: stop by the Civic Engagement Center - 122 S Michigan, 2nd floor, Executive Offices (to the left of front desk reception) OR email Gregory Budunov, Manager of Civic Engagement Center, at    

The Civic Engagement Center Promotes:

  • Awareness of Academic Experiential Learning opportunities, to increase critical analysis and discussion skills
  • Partnerships among National Louis campus members and community members
  • Support student development in leadership through volunteerism, experiential learning, and various civic engagement initiatives
  • Recognize student and faculty involvement in social, political and cultural inquiry and research
  • Provide service to community that enhances ethical awareness and civic responsiveness  

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  • Ryan Bartelmay - Vice Provost, Special Initiatives
  • Gregory Budunov, AmeriCorps VISTA - Manager, Civic Engagement Center


For community research and partnership inquiries, civic engagement events, and volunteer opportunities, contact Gregory Budunov at


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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