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The Boiler Serves: Community Engagement Learning Community offers a year-long guided experience for students as you build connections with the surrounding Greater Lafayette community through service and meaningful relationships. As a Boiler Serves student, you will participate in campus-wide days of service, serve with ACE Campus Food Pantry and attend programs to expand your understanding of service and leadership.

Boiler Serves is a strengths-based program that supports students in understanding the unique leadership abilities you possess that enable you to practice service for positive social change.

The experience is designed for participants to:

1. Apply an asset-based philosophy when addressing homelessness/food insecurity.

2. Demonstrate ability to build trust with people experiencing homelessness/food insecurity in Greater Lafayette.

3. Articulate multiple approaches to social change in the areas of hunger & homelessness.


This Learning Community is supported by the Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any college/school/major

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Full Academic Year

* You may apply to become a peer mentor or TA after your first year as a member of the learning community

Associated Courses and Information


  • EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development


  • EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development

Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Direct service with ACE Campus Pantry
  • Volunteering together at the following Community Action Days: National Voter Registration Day, Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service, Spring Blast
  • Site Visits: Food Finders Food Bank and LTHC Homeless Services
  • Meals with campus and community leaders 
  • Social Change movie nights

Socials in partnership with Leadership for Social Change Learning Community

  • Howl Night at World Park
  • Corn maze at Exploration Acres


Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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