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All of our options organized below by Time, Interest, or Program Name


Do-it-Yourself Service Projects

Pick them up from us on campus to do with others or on your own, according to your schedule. We focus on addressing needs in our community with projects that are impactful, but also simple enough that people can pick them up quickly. 


Click the link below to view current projects, pickup hours/location, upcoming Service Corner Hours dates, and more!

SERVICE CORNER PROJECTS

Register to attend


  • Service Corner Hours
  • Community Conversations
  • Saturday Service Projects
    • Connect with your community and hundreds of your peers, all-in support of local community projects on one of 3 Saturday mornings this year from 8:30 to 12:30 pm on 9/11, 1/15, & 4/9 (in-person & virtual).
  • Service House Dialogues
    • Be our guest at the Bennion Service House on-campus to learn from and share perspectives with community members about local community topics on 11/11, 2/10, & 3/24 (in-person).
  • Pathways Forums
    • Discover different pathways to community engagement by joining your peers and panelists from our community to learn from each other's experiences on 9/17 & 11/3 (virtual).

Click the link below to view our 2021-2022 calendar of events. Registration links will be provided as soon as they are available.

2021-2022 CALENDAR

Fall & Spring Break/Weekend Experiences

U of U students, faculty, and staff engage in Justice work and experiential learning over school breaks. Teams of students, along with staff/faculty partners, share work and stories with communities across the western United States to support non-profit organizations and community-identified projects. 


Click the link below to view upcoming trip causes/locations, COVID travel restriction updates, applications due dates, and more!

ALTERNATIVE BREAKS 

Community Engaged Learning in Costa Rica & Cuba

Costa Rica: Discover practical solutions and alternatives to traditional development aid theories while spending spring break there.

Click here for Costa Rica Learning Abroad


Cuba: Explore the intersection of past and present in relation to current political, economic, social, and environmental changes there for a week during summer semester.

Click here for Cuba Learning Abroad

Engage with Local Community Organizations

With over 45 community partners, you can choose an area of engagement that matters to you and become an advocate of justice as you work alongside them. You will gain an understanding about specific community issues, professional development experience, and connections to other volunteers with shared interests.


Click the link below to view all of our community partners segmented into six issue areas: Advocacy, Arts & Recreation, Education, Health & Wellness, Mentorship, and Sustainability & Food Justice!

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS

Bennion Center Marketing & Communication Support

Apply your creative interests, develop new skills, and build your experience/portfolio across multiple marketing & communication functions in support of all Bennion Center programs. From creative services, to digital channels, to recruitment & outreach; let's have a conversation to see how we can work together.

Areas of interest include: Graphic Design, Campus Outreach, Photo & Video, Writing, Social Media, Website & Email, and more.


Click the link below to go to our Volunteer Interest Form, once you are there, click on the "Jumping into Service" option. Select the "Communication Team", submit your form, and we will be in touch!

COMMUNICATION TEAMS

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Designated Courses - Open to all majors

CEL involves students, faculty and community partners working together to apply knowledge in authentic settings in order to address community needs while also meeting instructional objectives. CEL enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice. 


Click the link below to learn more about community engaged learning courses (over 200 offered across all majors), how to find them, and more!

COMMUNITY ENGAGED LEARNING (CEL) COURSES

Cohort of Community Minded Peers

If this is your first-year at the U (new or transfer student), this program is all about exploring community engagement through a series of virtual & in-person events that can help you find friends and make a difference in your community.


Click the link below to learn more!

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE 

Work-Study Reading Tutors at Elementary Schools & Site Partners

Federal work-study recipients work one-on-one with children at least twice a week to engage in enjoyable reading activities. Tutors help children feel successful by providing positive feedback and support. By joining this program, you will have a meaningful and fun experience as you gain skills and knowledge necessary for a future career. 


Click the link below to learn more about the program, how to become a tutor, additional resources, site partners, AmeriCorps, and more!

UTAH READS

Student Leader Positions

We offer around 150 student leader positions every academic-year, with applications opening in February for the 2022/2023 academic year. Based on your area of interest, all of these positions support our diverse community engagement programs. Terms are for the entire academic year. This is a great way to meet new people, spend your time for good, strengthen professional skills, and "feel" community.


Click the link below to view positions available, application dates, current openings, meet this year's student leaders, and more!

BENNION CENTER STUDENT LEADERS

On-Campus Living Residence - 614 Officers Circle

Bennion Service House residents work together to foster community and lifelong civic engagement among the 12 students living in this residence through action, dialogue, education, and outreach. The residents promote an environment of support, respect, friendship, diversity, and learning within the house and greater community.


Click the link below to learn more about housing applications dates, Service House activites, and more!

BENNION SERVICE HOUSE 

On-Campus Living Residence for First-Year Students - Kahlert Village

Do you care about the world around you? Are you interested in making an impact in your community and learning with like-minded peers? Join around 300 residents to work in collaboration with the Bennion Center, fellow students, and local organizations to build connections that foster a sense of belonging in your first year at the U.


Click the link below to learn more about Kahlert Village, housing application dates, and more!

GAIL MILLER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TOWER 

Capstone Project & Transcript Designation - Open to all majors

Apply your academic interests to meet a real social concern through a capstone project with a community partner and faculty mentor. Courage and optimism sustain Scholars’ endeavors to learn through inclusive collaboration on projects that support and develop innovative action within all communities. Stand out as a leader who strives to impact their communities for the better.


Click the link below to learn more about upcoming application due dates, program requirements, faq's, apply, and more!

BENNION SCHOLARS

Academic Credential for Community Engagement - Open to all majors

The Community Engagement Certificate consists of 21 credit hours of course work with a minimum of 15 credits in designated community engaged learning (CEL) courses. A student must earn a “C” or better for all requirements.


Click the link below to view the student course planner, certificate requirements, schedule an academic advising appointment, and more!

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CERTIFICATE

Do-it-Yourself Service Projects

Pick them up from us on campus to do with others or on your own, according to your schedule. We focus on addressing needs in our community with projects that are impactful, but also simple enough that people can pick them up quickly. 


Click the link below to view current projects, pickup hours/location, upcoming Service Corner Hours schedule, and more!

SERVICE CORNER PROJECTS

Cohort of Community Minded Peers

No matter if this is your first-year at the U (new or transfer student) or if you are new to the Bennion Center, this program is all about exploring community engagement through a series of virtual & in-person events that can help you find friends and make a difference in your community.


Click the link below to view upcoming events and sign up to be notified of future FYE events & opportunities to engage with us!

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE Cohort

Student-Directed Support of Local Organizations

With over 45 community partners, you can choose an area of engagement that matters to you and become an advocate of justice as you work alongside them. You will gain an understanding about specific community issues, professional development experience, and connections to other volunteers with shared interests.


Click the link below to view all of our community partners segmented into six issue areas: Advocacy, Arts & Recreation, Education, Health & Wellness, Mentorship, and Sustainability & Food Justice!

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS

Bennion Center Marketing & Communication Support

Apply your creative interests, develop new skills, and build your experience/portfolio across multiple marketing & communication functions in support of all Bennion Center programs. From creative services, to digital channels, to recruitment & outreach; let's have a conversation to see how we can work together.

Areas of interest include: Graphic Design, Campus Outreach, Photo & Video, Writing, Social Media, Website & Email, and more.


Click the link below to go to our Volunteer Interest Form, once you are there, click on the "Jumping into Service" option. Select the "Communication Team", submit your form, and we will be in touch!

COMMUNICATION TEAMS

Register to attend


  • Service Corner Hours
  • Community Conversations
  • Saturday Service Projects
    • Connect with your community and hundreds of your peers, all-in support of local community projects on one of 3 Saturday mornings this year from 8:30 to 12:30 pm on 9/11, 1/15, & 4/9 (in-person & virtual).
  • Service House Dialogues
    • Be our guest at the Bennion Service House on-campus to learn from and share perspectives with community members about local community topics on 11/11, 2/10, & 3/24 (in-person).
  • Pathways Forums
    • Discover different pathways to community engagement by joining your peers and panelists from our community to learn from each other's experiences on 9/17 & 11/3.

Click the link below to view our 2021-2022 calendar of events. Registration links will be provided as soon as they are available.

2021-2022 CALENDAR

Volunteer Requests from our Local Community

Find additional volunteer opportunities outside of our Bennion Center specific programs.


Click the link below to view the current requests!

Community Bulletin Board

Fall & Spring Break/Weekend Experiences

U of U students, faculty, and staff engage in Justice work and experiential learning over school breaks. Teams of students, along with staff/faculty partners, share work and stories with communities across the western United States to support non-profit organizations and community-identified projects. 


Click the link below to view upcoming trip causes/locations, COVID travel restriction updates, applications due dates, and more!

ALTERNATIVE BREAKS 

Community Engaged Learning in Costa Rica & Cuba

Costa Rica: Discover practical solutions and alternatives to traditional development aid theories while spending spring break there.

Click here for Costa Rica Learning Abroad


Cuba: Explore the intersection of past and present in relation to current political, economic, social, and environmental changes there for a week during summer semester.

Click here for Cuba Learning Abroad

Capstone Project & Transcript Designation - Open to all majors

Apply your academic interests to meet a real social concern through a capstone project with a community partner and faculty mentor. Courage and optimism sustain Scholars’ endeavors to learn through inclusive collaboration on projects that support and develop innovative action within all communities. Stand out as a leader who strives to impact their communities for the better.


Click the link below to learn more about upcoming application due dates, program requirements, faq's, apply, and more!

BENNION SCHOLARS 

Academic Credential for Community Engagement - Open to all majors

The Community Engagement Certificate consists of 21 credit hours of course work with a minimum of 15 credits in designated community engaged learning (CEL) courses. A student must earn a “C” or better for all requirements.


Click the link below to view the student course planner, certificate requirements, schedule an academic advising appointment, and more!

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CERTIFICATE 

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Designated Courses - Open to all majors

CEL involves students, faculty and community partners working together to apply knowledge in authentic settings in order to address community needs while also meeting instructional objectives. CEL enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice. 


Click the link below to learn more about community engaged learning courses (over 200 offered across all majors), how to find them, and more!

COMMUNITY ENGAGED LEARNING (CEL) COURSES 

Click here to request an Academic Advising appointment for CEL Courses, Bennion Scholars, and/or the Community Engagement Certificate.

Work-Study Reading Tutors at Title I Elementary Schools & Site Partners

Federal work-study recipients work one-on-one with children at least twice a week to engage in enjoyable reading activities. Tutors help children feel successful by providing positive feedback and support. By joining this program, you will have a meaningful and fun experience as you gain skills and knowledge necessary for a future career. 


Click the link below to learn more about the program, how to become a tutor, additional resources, site partners, AmeriCorps, and more!

UTAH READS 

On-Campus Living Residence - 614 Officers Circle

Bennion Service House residents work together to foster community and lifelong civic engagement among the 12 students living in this residence through action, dialogue, education, and outreach. The residents promote an environment of support, respect, friendship, diversity, and learning within the house and greater community.


Click the link below to learn more about housing applications dates, Service House activites, and more!

BENNION SERVICE HOUSE 

On-Campus Living Residence for First-Year Students - Kahlert Village

Do you care about the world around you? Are you interested in making an impact in your community and learning with like-minded peers? Join around 300 residents to work in collaboration with the Bennion Center, fellow students, and local organizations to build connections that foster a sense of belonging in your first year at the U.


Click the link below to learn more about Kahlert Village, housing application dates, and more!

GAIL MILLER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TOWER

Student Leader Positions & Scholarships

We offer around 150 student leader positions every academic-year, with applications opening in February for the 2022/2023. Based on your area of interest, all of these positions support our diverse community engagement programs. Terms are for the entire academic year. This is a great way to meet new people, spend your time for good, strengthen professional skills, and "feel" community.


Click the link below to view positions available, application dates, current openings, meet this year's student leaders, awards/scholarships, and more!

BENNION CENTER STUDENT LEADERS


How to Get Started!

Volunteer Interest Form

Click the link below to view all active Bennion Center opportunities

You can select up to 3 options and we'll contact you!


 VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM


Upcoming Ways to Engage

Register to attend on Dec. 1st @ 12pm

(listen, be heard, & reflect)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Apply by Sunday, December 12th 

(2022 spring experiences)

CLICK HERE TO Apply

Register to attend on Dec. 15th @ 12pm

(listen, be heard, & reflect)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Enroll in CEL & BENN courses

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Enroll this spring semester

(BENN 2020 course)

CLICK HERE TO Enroll

Declare for this new Certificate

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Apply by Friday, January 7th

(the application link will be available soon)

CLICK HERE To Apply

Apply by Tuesday, February 15th

(course meets in May, travel to Havana May 27 to June 4)

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

2 remaining positions available

(for fall 2021 & spring 2022)

CLICK HERE TO Apply

Save the Date


MLK Jr. Day of Service


Saturday, January 15th from 9am to 12:30pm


Registration page & link will be available on Dec. 1st.


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Learn about the opportunities available to you


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Support resources for BC Leaders


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Meet Minerva! After moving from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Minerv...
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Meet Minerva! After moving from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Minerva decided to get involved with community engagement to find a way to make new connections. Within a CEL (community engaged learning) course, Minerva was able to take class lessons and apply them to real life scenarios. “The community engagement course has also allowed me to develop skills that I cannot solely learn through a book such as being able to approach strangers and engage in meaningful conversations,” Minerva said. In a City and Metropolitan Planning class, Minerva learned that despite the pandemic, people were eager to talk about parks and how important they are to them. Minerva was able to realize that with the pandemic, parks have become a sanctuary place for many during the pandemic - they are one of the few places where people still felt they could gather safely, entertain their children, exercise, and find peace. 
Minerva said, “Taking a certified Community Engagement Learning Course (CEL) would be beneficial to individuals who want to understand the challenges in their community, identify ways to get involved, and refine their professional and personal interests.” If you want to learn more about Minerva’s experience with CEL courses, check out her blog at the link in our bio!
Meet Minerva! After moving from Southern California to Salt Lake City, Minerva decided to get involved with community engagement to find a way to make new connections. Within a CEL (community engaged learning) course, Minerva was able to take class lessons and apply them to real life scenarios. “The community engagement course has also allowed me to develop skills that I cannot solely learn through a book such as being able to approach strangers and engage in meaningful conversations,” Minerva said. In a City and Metropolitan Planning class, Minerva learned that despite the pandemic, people were eager to talk about parks and how important they are to them. Minerva was able to realize that with the pandemic, parks have become a sanctuary place for many during the pandemic - they are one of the few places where people still felt they could gather safely, entertain their children, exercise, and find peace. 
Minerva said, “Taking a certified Community Engagement Learning Course (CEL) would be beneficial to individuals who want to understand the challenges in their community, identify ways to get involved, and refine their professional and personal interests.” If you want to learn more about Minerva’s experience with CEL courses, check out her blog at the link in our bio!
 
 
 
 
 
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Last Updated: 11/30/21