Butler prides itself on diversity of thought and seeks to
promote a community dialogue across all subject areas. Our many
outreach centers and programs are geared toward engaging Central
Indiana in discussions about the great issues of today, in order to
better understand the world and each other.
general public may visit the Butler University Libraries and read
or browse the collections. Those who live in Marion, Hendricks,
Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, and Johnson counties may receive
borrowing privileges for one year for a fee of $50. Occasionally
the library will host programs that are open to the public, as well
as to the Butler community. Butler Libraries partner with the
University's Early College Program and University offices, to
provide a college library experience for middle and high school
groups upon request and depending on availability.
Center for Citizenship and
Community: The Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC)
provides leadership on campus for developing and maintaining
effective and sustainable civic-engagement initiatives within the
curricular and academic culture of Butler University. The CCC also
coordinates service learning and Indianapolis Community Requirement
courses that allow Butler students to engage with members of the
Indianapolis community in mutual learning and meaningful service.
Partner sites include Kaleidoscope Youth Center, A Caring Place
adult daycare, and sites serving immigrants and refugees.
Center for Faith and
Center for Faith and Vocation connects Butler to diverse religious
and spiritual communities in multiple ways, including placing
students in internships with faith-based and other social
justice non-profits, and advising students discerning careers in
non-profit service. The Center supports diverse religious
communities in Indianapolis-Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist
- in their efforts to work in campus ministry at Butler and
their faith-based service projects with students.
The Desmond Tutu Center: The Desmond Tutu
Center is a joint initiative of Butler University and Christian
Theological Seminary, designed to initiate public discourse among
religious, civic, and academic leaders that encourages peace and
justice locally and around the globe.
Center: The Efroymson Diversity Center provides students with
service-learning and community outreach opportunities through
volunteerism and participation with more than a dozen community
events and organizations. The Center also sponsors an annual
service-learning project, the Volunteer-Study Tour (VST), which
gives Butler students the opportunity to visit a major urban
destination in the continental United States, participate in
volunteer service, and tour historical and cultural sites within
Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)
aims to interest and engage students in the STEM disciplines
(science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), as well as to
help students connect STEM learning to their other studies and
strengthen students' understanding of science and civic engagement.
Through numerous courses, such as "Public Health, Health
Inequality, and Social Justice," and "Chemistry and Society,"
students engage with the community - and the community engages with