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Civic Enagement Center

Developing highly competent and humane individuals to serve and lead in an increasingly diverse and global society.

Downtown Chicago

Civic Engagement Center

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 as stated above. We seek 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.

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, built on shared passions and community development goals
  • Support student development in leadership through volunteerism, advocacy, experiential learning, and various civic engagement initiatives
  • Recognize student and faculty involvement in social, political and cultural, cross-cultural, local, national and international inquiry and research
  • Provide service to community that enhances ethical awareness and civic responsiveness

The Benefits of Volunteering

  • Establishes a network of professional contacts
  • Enhances your resume
  • Helps you acquire skills, interests, and knowledge that can help you both personally and professionally
  • Builds confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth
  • Allows you meet new and interesting people from different backgrounds
  • Improves your health and well-being
  • Assists an organization that truly needs it
  • Makes a difference in the community

Service Opportunities at NLU

As an NLU student, you will find opportunities for meaningful civic engagement in your courses, in local schools and through national organizations and faculty-led service trips.

  • Academic Service Learning – NLU faculty works with local schools and non-profits to development coursework and group projects that directly benefit the community. Put your NLU education to work for the good of the community.

  • Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteer for adult literacy programs, tutor kids in math and science, work at homeless shelters, or connect with national organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago, American Cancer Society or National Runaway Safeline.

  • Service Trips – Travel with NLU and P.I.E.S. to Genola, Utah, Brooklyn, New York, and New Orleans, Louisana to assist and advise public and private schools in literacy and math programs as well as help make facility improvements.


If you are doing academic reasearch related to Civic Engagement or Service Learning, here are some links that you may find useful: 


Library article database

For more sources contact the NLU Library at and you'll be directed to a librarian that can help you.


United We Serve is President Obama's initiative to encourage all Americans to participate in our nation's recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. There are many ways to get involved. America's new foundation will be built one community at a time, and it starts with you.

Learn about the Kennedy Serve America Act, which reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency created in 1993. NLU sponsors the Americorps*VISTA program and currently has a VISTA associate on staff to develop and promote the Civic Engagement Center.

Join Us!

The NLU Civic Engagement Center has a YouTube Channel and Flipagram with videos of the Service-Learning Symposium, past CEC events and past PIES service trips to New Orleans, Brooklyn, New York and Genola, Utah. Pictures of service trips to New Orleans are available on Photobucket.

Contact the Civic Engagement Center at 847-947-5069 or

Follow us on Twitter @NLUcec

Like us on Facebook to become aware of new and exciting opportunities for engagement!


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