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

  • Fight for Class April 23, 2014
    Happy Tuesday! Today is the day for rising sophomores to register classes for this fall. It is both an exciting day and an extremely exhausting day.   Rising sophomores always register after rising seniors and rising juniors, which is reasonable, but it’s really stressful for us. Last night, I checked the spots left in each […]
    Natalie Zhang
  • An Open Letter to the Boy Who Molested a Hamas Rocket April 22, 2014
    You don’t know me, but this past January you did something that’s been rattling around my mind ever since. It was the middle of the afternoon in Sderot, Israel. We were on separate tours of the same local police station. I had no idea what our guide was about to show us, but I can […]
    Eddie Andujar