“If I had to explain to students why they should take the ICR, I would tell them that they could read a thousand books but they’ll never understand what something like empathy is until they spend an hour in service.” —Butler Senior
Employers like to see community-engagement work on a resume not because it looks good, but because it indicates a mature, dedicated individual who knows how to work with others. The Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR) is designed to introduce you to new people, ideas, and perspectives. It’s not about the resumé, it’s about developing the authentic and unique individual behind it.
Through the ICR, you will meet people in vastly different situations and learn about cultures and social issues in a meaningful and tangible way. We want you to experience education in a way that helps you flourish and find meaning throughout your life.
We suggest you take your ICR credit early on in your Butler career! The sooner you are able to integrate classroom experience with community engagement, the better. When choosing your first course, we encourage you to look for something that relates to your major, you have a personal connection to, or you find interesting. And remember, there is no limit on how many ICR credit classes you can take.
You need to take at least one ICR credit before you graduate. Most classes will require you complete a reflection journal documenting your experience. You can view an overview on reflection and download a formatted journal here. You will receive a grade for the course and a grade for the ICR. Reflection on your experience is an important source of discovery in this learning process.
A list of courses designated as satisfying the ICR can be found by using the my.butler.edu course search function and selecting the Course Attribute “Indianapolis Community Rqmt.” Be careful, in some cases only specific sections of a course may be used to satisfy the ICR.
If you are looking for an on-campus job you can be passionate about, we would love to hear from you. Each semester the CCC hires exceptional civic-minded students. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from our experienced faculty and staff. Student employees have gone on to the Peace Corps, law school, graduate school, and careers in the public service sector.
We reserve the following staff positions for students:
Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) – ACEs serve as liaisons with service-learning sites and coordinate relationships among faculty, staff, students, and community partners in order to ensure that the efforts are reciprocally valuable and enhance the learning experiences of all participants.
CCC Research Assistant – Student Research Assistants work with CCC Staff to undertake specific research and or development projects related to our community-engagement efforts. These projects may align with specific disciplinary competencies or rely on broader civic competencies.
CCC Staff Writer- Works with the CCC’s Director to create publicity articles, updates to the website, reports, interview transcription, and possible grant writing related to specific projects of to the overall mission of the CCC.