Community Impact

Whether it’s tutoring local children in math or helping villagers in Honduras build a clean water system, Lafayette students are passionate about making a difference in communities here and afar. There are many opportunities to serve through weekly programs, certain courses, and trips to other regions and countries over school breaks. Fraternities and sororities, athletic teams, and other student groups also organize service projects.

Community-Based Learning and Research

Community-Based Learning and Research

The CBLR initiative enhances the efforts of faculty across all disciplines whose teaching and research benefit communities. It also allows students to apply what they have learned while helping others solve real-world problems.

Read stories about CBLR projects

Landis Community Outreach Center

Landis Community Outreach Center

The Landis Center coordinates service in weekly programs such as visits to a homeless shelter and creative arts therapy with women prisoners, one-time opportunities like the Pre-Orientation Service Program, and through courses with integrated service components.

Visit the Landis Center website

Technology Clinic

Technology Clinic

The Technology Clinic is a two-semester, hands-on course that brings together students from different majors to help solve the real-world problems of a business, nonprofit organization, or government body. Recent projects have ranged from helping a fish-farming operation become more economically and environmentally efficient to working with local groups to increase access to fresh produce.

Read articles about Tech Clinic projects

EEGLP in Honduras

Economic Empowerment

In the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP), teams of students and faculty from every academic division work hand in hand with residents to tackle real-world economic issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Teams have worked in Easton, New Orleans, and Honduras.

Visit the EEGLP website

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders

Since 2003, this multidisciplinary group of students has been traveling to Honduras to help build systems for water treatment and distribution in villages lacking close access to clean water. Participants collaborate with agencies, students, and communities on real-life engineering, construction, and education projects from start to finish—an educational experience impossible to duplicate in the classroom.

Visit the EWB website

Alternative School Break in Costa Rica

Alternative School Break

Students travel throughout the U.S. and abroad for community service projects during the winter and spring breaks. Last year’s locations were Haiti, Costa Rica, Tennessee, Virginia, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Visit the ASB website

Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME)

Malagasy Education

Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME) is a peer mentoring program to help Malagasy students overcome the language barrier and other disadvantages to pursue their dreams of receiving a college education at an American school. Lafayette students travel to Madagascar over the winter break to work with and befriend a select group of participants.

Read about LIME

RSS Student Blogs

  • Fall Break 2014 October 16, 2014
    This Fall Break, I joined the minority of people here at Lafayette who live more than a six-hour drive away from their house for a long weekend. Despite campus seeming almost deserted, there were people here if you took the time to find them. I tried to get as much of my homework done on […]
    Alexander Gordon-Sandweiss
  • Bioinformatics: A New Science October 16, 2014
    Lafayette promotes a distinct type of education. Several classes offered at Lafayette can be considered interdisciplinary courses. This semester one of the courses I am taking is called Bioinformatics. The main emphasis of this class is to take large sets of biotic information and using that information to solve biological problems. This semester is Dr. […]
    Erika Hernandez
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