Center for Citizenship and Community
The University and the Community Together
The Center for Citizenship and Community provides leadership on campus for connecting university and community so that faculty, staff, students, and community members alike can learn from each other. Our method is not charity or volunteerism but civic engagement, which makes teachers and learners of all involved.
Individuals who are civically engaged recognize they do not live alone in the world but understand how their decisions and actions affect others.
Our philosophy is rooted in our understanding of civic engagement as a strategy for teaching civic mindedness and citizenship. We approach these practices through fostering critical listening, appreciation of diversity, long-term commitment, and self-reflection.
Our goal is to help students discover new perspectives, explore ways to sustain healthy communities, and fully consider what it means to be local and global citizens. We want students to make informed decisions about their future and not only find jobs but also pursue long-lasting, fulfilling careers.
“I showed up the first day to fulfill a requirement, but it turned into my most rewarding Butler experience so far.” —Butler Junior
“I love community engagement because it connects my students’ heads with their hearts.” Butler faculty
“We could not do what we do without you”
Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR)
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Submit Your ICR Hours
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