Learning and Serving
August 27, 2013
Last Saturday demonstrated our students’ commitment to service. This year is the 5th year of the IU Student Outreach Clinic in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church on the Eastside. The clinic, staffed by student and faculty volunteers, provides free health care and other services to this impoverished but tight-knit community. Launched by medical students, and sponsored by our Office of Medical Student Learning, IU dental, physical therapy, social work and McKinney law students joined in, as well as students from Butler (pharmacy) and the University of Indianapolis (physical therapy). Dozens of neighborhood residents come to the clinic each Saturday for diagnosis, treatment and referrals to resources and services—made all the more accessible because they are provided close to home and free of charge. These students are improving lives as they learn by doing.
Saturday also launched a new campus community service event for our first-time students while also providing learning experiences related to their intended majors. iServe Day of Service placed some 300 students in work sites mainly located near campus, like the Central Library and Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, in projects ranging from meal preparation and cleaning/organizing to trail building and mural painting. The goal is to show students how classroom learning can be reinforced and applied in the community before and after graduation. It is not only an initiation into a strong campus tradition of civic engagement but also an opportunity to form bonds with fellow students and get to know our city better.
IUPUI students engage our community and make an impact—where it matters.
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