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Field Trips

Civic engagement and service-learning trips promote active learning, extend the boundaries of educational experiences, and allow participants to serve as involved individuals in diverse communities. We invite you to consider giving part of your summer to help communities, while learning about the rich culture, people and communities they live in.

Background on Service-Learning Trips at NLU

In 2007, NLU's Service Learning Team had organized groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NLU to assist in rebuilding New Orleans one school at a time. The NLU-NOLA project committee has partnered with KIPP Central City Academy, the Samuel J. Green and Arthur Ashe Charter Schools, Royal Castle Kids Child Development Center and Happy Times Preschool to help improve and organize their facilities.

Additional past service-learning trips include:

2018 (April 16): Early Childhood Advocacy Day in Springfield, IL

Eleven (11) members of the NLU community went to Springfield, IL to join the Ounce of Prevention Fund in collaboration with Healthy Families Illinois to experience grassroots advocacy firsthand. They received pre-lobbying training and were given time to speak with Illinois legislators on key early childhood issues. The group shared their experiences at the 3rd annual Service-Learning Symposium at the Chicago campus. 

2016 (July 24-30): Brooklyn Theater Arts High School in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School (BTA) is a small, strong learning community dedicated to college readiness and the study of theatre arts. Theatre isn’t just about acting, directing, and playwriting. It involves technical aspects like lighting, sound, set design and requires abilities in organization, finance, and public relations. BTA helps students identify his/her interests, develop more advanced skills and helps build aptitudes that students need for lifelong learning. They must think analytically, communicate clearly, solve problems, and collaborate with peers on complex projects to reach common goals. 

We helped create space(s) that are art and student spaces. These spaces serve as a safe, inviting spaces where students are able to enjoy school in a non-traditional way. In addition, we supported the school with various needs as summer school ended and educators began to prepare for the new school year.

2015 & 2016 (August): Trip to the Vision of Sci Academy in New Orleans, LA

In 2016, NLU team worked to create a community garden by developing an open area into a garden for learning and community development. In addition, the team helped educators prepare for the first day of school by assisting in classroom, organizing libraries and completing various other tasks that helped make the new school year a success. The team also gained an appreciation for New Orleans people, culture and history.

In 2015, NLU service team assisted community organizers, who work with children and teachers at local schools in the Treme Parish, Louisiana. Members of the team are professionals in the field of education, as well as volunteers dedicated to quality educational experiences for children. The Treme Community Center serves both children and adults in this historic neighborhood, known for being the birth place of Jazz Great, Louis Armstrong.

2015 & 2016 (June): Genola Community Center & Head Start School in Genola, UT

Genola, Utah, lies just 60 miles south of Salt Lake City amid a stretch of land surrounded by foothills, marshy regions and mountain-fed lakes. Federal Head Start childcare programs serve children all year round. In the summer months, migrant farm workers arrive in Genola to work the summer harvest. Genola Migrant Head Start Center cares for the children of the migrant workers. The school serves a bi-lingual population. Genola Migrant Head Start Center cares for children from newborn to 5 years of age. 

In June 2015 and then again in June 2016, NLU service team worked at Genola Community Center and Head Start School in Genola, Utah. We worked with the teachers, who serve the children of the summer migrant laborers, by helping them organize books and materials and tending the the outdoor space.

2009 (March 25-29): Trip to Washington DC with Public Policy Student Organization

Today's Mind's, Building Tomorrow's Future: Students, friends and faculty attended an Illinois Congressional Delegation and stayed to tour the White House and meet with their Representatives in Congress. Dr. Richard Longoria of the Public Policy Department also lead discussion briefings with the group to offer valuables insights and enhance tours.


    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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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    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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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    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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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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