|WKU student-athletes participate in the United Way Day of Caring.|
Instilling Civic Responsibility
WKU takes great pride in the responsibility to promote development in the area of Kentucky that it calls home. The University is entrusted with nurturing the economic growth and quality of life in the region. WKU has persisted to identify and solve problems that impact the quality of life of those within our reach and aims to be an excellent steward of the governmental support provided to our public university.
Regional stewardship and services
WKU established the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships (A Local Information and Volunteer Exchange) in 2003 as part of the Regional Stewardship initiative. The ALIVE Center promotes community development across south central Kentucky through campus and community partnerships and connects faculty, staff, students, and community members with service opportunities through volunteerism, service-learning, and community-based research.
The Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility (ICSR) was established in early 2010 as a part of the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. It is an organization of administrators, faculty, students, and staff committed to promoting careful reflection on civic values; engaging in critical analysis of contemporary social, economic, and political problems; and developing the skills of community organizing, citizenship, and civic engagement as a means to achieving social change and the common good.
The Institute for Rural Health Development and Research provides dental services, medical services, health screenings, and health education to thousands of Kentuckians in area communities. With its two Mobile Wellness Units, The Institute provides preventative services and health education to the medically under-served and uninsured in rural Kentucky.
Students take action
Hilltoppers With Heart began in 2011 as a program designed to give WKU student-athletes, coaches, and staff the opportunity to make an impact in the community by volunteering their time and talent with numerous organizations. WKU Athletics partnered with United Way during the project in 2011 by participating in the third annual United Way Day of Caring, a one-day structured volunteer program that provides hands-on volunteer labor for a wide variety of projects.
The $100 Solution™ is an international program that helps to answer a central question for students: With this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance quality of life for others? Over 100 projects have been conducted since 2009 with more than 250 students participating.
WKU was named the “Most Globally Active and Aware Campus” in the nation in 2007 as a result of participating in The ONE Campaign Campus Challenge. The ONE Campaign seeks to raise public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease, and efforts to fight such problems in developing countries. WKU competed against more than 1,500 other schools in the challenge.
Several WKU students took a 3,000-mile bike trip across the United States in 2010 and again in 2012 to raise awareness and funding for the Alzheimer’s Association. During these three-month trips from California to Virginia and from Minnesota to Florida, respectively, the groups stopped in several major metropolitan areas to hold fundraising events with the local Alzheimer’s Association chapters.