Students raking leaves for a Fayette resident. Community Involvement

UIU is committed to the well-being of its surrounding communities and strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to become involved in meeting community needs.

Each year, for example, UIU hosts a Fayette Appreciation Day in Fayette and other nearby communities that tackles more than 30 work projects in a single morning to assist residents and local business and organizations with clean-up, painting, and other resident requests. Fayette Appreciation Day is the largest service event on campus, engaging more than 550 students, faculty and staff; and countless community members. Each year participants provide a combined total of more than 1,800 service hours through the project, which has completed 300 projects since the initiative began in 2006.

Students also work individually or in groups to help area businesses and organizations.  One student’s project, for example, formed a student consulting group that worked with a local health provider organization to create a revitalized mission and vision as well as a marketing plan, logo, website and other marketing materials. 

Enactus is also active at UIU. Enactus is an International community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. Enactus programs, established at colleges and universities, across the United States, enable students apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects with the primary goal to shape a more sustainable world. Formed in 2012, the UIU Enactus chapter earned the national title “Rookie of the Year” at the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition conference and reached the 2015 quarterfinals at the conference -- the youngest chapter to advance to the quarterfinal/consultation round.