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The Boiler Serves: Community Engagement Learning Community offers a year-long guided experience for students as they connect deeply with the surrounding Greater Lafayette community through service and meaningful relationship-building. Boiler Serves participants will be trained to lead campus-wide days of service, serve with ACE Campus Food Pantry and PATH Homeless Street Outreach Team, and attend programs to expand their understanding of service and leadership.

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

The experience is designed for participants to:

  • analyze critical societal issues and community needs (in the context of community assets)
  • identify a fundamental social issue of interest and articulate personal commitment to enacting positive change in the area
  • expand their understanding of hunger and homelessness


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

Residential Component

  • Optional within Earhart Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes


  • EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development


  • EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development

Events and Activities Included:

  • Strong direct service with ACE Campus Pantry and PATH Homeless Street Outreach Team 
  • Skill-building Lunch & Learns 
  • Meals with campus and community leaders 
  • Social Change tours 
  • Social Change movie nights/afternoons 
  • Site leading for Community Action Days 
  • Coordinating a hall drive for Project Move-Out 
  • Regular Service commitments at local community agencies 

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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