Cook Honors College Encourages Community Service

  • What, therefore, should we do?

    Steph Levan at the Humane SocietyWe believe it is important to translate our education into meaningful community-building action. Core teaches us to develop, articulate, and defend a personal ethical philosophy at the heart of our interaction with others. So, you have a theory—now put it into action. Though every student who receives a scholarship through the HC is required to complete 60 hours of community service within the academic year, all of our students value a commitment to something larger than the self.

    You are free to choose the organizations and causes you wish to devote your hours to. But the intention of the program is that you engage in service to community “with others,” utilizing your emerging talents and professional skills as the foundation for this interaction. This can be an extension of your major, career, or social concerns or interests. That it would appear as a line item on your resume should stimulate the interest of potential employers as a tangible and concrete example of what is special about you. Rebuilding a home for a family displaced by fire or tutoring disadvantaged youth both accomplish this in a way that babysitting does not. Please refer to the service guidelines for more information.

    If you want to discuss ideas for community service or have questions about your placement options, please contact Kevin Berezansky at kevinb@iup.edu. Please remember to submit your hours on a monthly basis using the new online Service Hours form.