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EIU Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association

Sep-13-2013

Eastern Illinois University has been selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.  The university has been named one of 73 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Eastern will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities and democratic participation.

Eastern Illinois University is pleased to have been selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic identity as civic engagement is a core value of higher education,” said Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs.  “Being recognized as a national leader in this field is a reflection of the quality of our current efforts and also our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to challenge themselves through leadership and service roles moving forward.”

“Eastern Illinois University has built a strong tradition of student volunteerism and civic engagement,” said Rachel Fisher director of student community service.  "During the past five years, our students have contributed more than 425,000 hours of service, addressing such critical issues as hunger, poverty and homelessness, animal protection, conservation, veterans appreciation and assistance initiatives, and helping our elderly and children.  We have been recognized for the second consecutive year as a member of President Obama’s National Honor Roll."

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website.