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IUPUI students demonstrate commitment to community

IUPUI

Jan. 9, 2013

Commitment to community is key at IUPUI, Chancellor Charles R. Bantz says in this video that highlights the university's student outreach activities.

Footage includes students getting their hands dirty, gathering trash in the rain and helping out at an animal shelter. 

Students have a great impact on their communities through both one-day neighborhood cleanup projects and longer-term outreach clinics, said Julie Hatcher, executive director of IUPUI's Center for Service Learning.

One of those students, Janice Farlow, a third-year medical student, describes in this video her involvement with the IU Student Outreach Clinic on the near east side of Indianapolis.

The clinic provides medical care to Indianapolis residents without insurance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Neighborhood Fellowship Church. The student-run clinic is a collaboration among the IU schools of medicine, dentistry, public health, and rehabilitation and health sciences; the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. The clinic celebrated three years of operation in August. 

“Pastor Jim (Strietelmeier) has always helped us understand what an impact we’re making and that we’re always partners with the community,” Farlow said. "We’re not just coming in to provide services, but we’re learning from them and making an impact on the community.”

Learn more about service learning at IUPUI and how you can become involved by visiting the Center for Service and Learning website.

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