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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. 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

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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