Community Engagement Work Earns Chicago School Membership with the Illinois
Thanks to his commitment to community service and civic engagement, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been invited to join the Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC) as the organization’s first graduate school member.
Constituting a coalition of approximately 40 Illinois campuses, the ILCC focuses on engaging educational institutions in community service and service learning by promoting and fostering collaborative partnerships between campuses and their communities.
“Being accepted as a member of the Campus Compact says that we’re a school committed to service,” said Jill Glenn, director of community partnerships. “It also gives us recognition for our efforts in the community.”
Each year, through internships and practicum experiences, Chicago School student perform more than 600,000 hours of pro bono community service. An additional 19,000 hours of service was added in 2007-2008 thanks to the efforts of the school’s Office of Community Partnerships, which develops and connects students to community service, service learning, and community-based research projects.
In addition to recognition for excellence in community service, as a member of the ILCC, The Chicago School will have access to the organization’s professional network of community partners as well as organizational training and consultation. The ILCC also hosts a number of annual conferences and offers its members opportunities for grant funding towards community engagement.