Community Engagement is part of the fabric of Drake University as shown in our mission, continuous improvement plan, and values. More than 80% of our students have a community service or service-learning experience by the time they graduate and approximately 70% of our faculty and staff are engaged in the local community through serving on boards, actively volunteering with a community organization, or supporting different professional development associations. The following is a sampling of our Community Engagement & Service-Learning programming:
Engaged Citizen Corps is an intentionally designed academic + service year for first year students that connects them with a local community agency working on economic and community development projects focused on housing, safety, health, education, arts & culture, and business cultivation.
Little Free Pantry Project goes by the motto of "take what you need, leave what you can." In partnership with the LEAD concentration and many others, three Little Free Pantries can be found on Drake's campus and another 7 in the Drake Neighborhood.
The Community Action Poverty Simulation is meant to help sensitize participants to the struggles people in poverty face on a daily basis. Volunteers are needed each fall to assist in offering the simulation to campus.
Next Course Food Recovery is a student organization that partners with Sodexo to recover food from dining halls and catering events to take to local community agencies.
Sprout: The Des Moines Urban Youth Learning Garden is a community garden located on the corner of Drake’s campus, and is partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa (BGCCI).
Alternative Breaks are typically held during Fall or Spring Break as an opportunity to immerse oneself in a community, learn about social issues, and participate in the service-learning process of education, service, and reflection.
Community Action Board: CAB is a student-run organization that seeks to engage students in meaningful service and collaborative initiatives that inspire them to strengthen relationships with the communities of which they are a part.