Butler in the Community

Outreach Centers

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.

Butler Libraries: The 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 Vocation: The 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.

Efroymson Diversity 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 the area.

SENCER: Science 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 Butler.