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IU South Bend has always been a strong community partner. In addition to educating residents, the campus works with businesses, entrepreneurs, schools and the government to provide leadership and direction in our changing world.

Higher education must lead the way. Our campus is open for forums on new ideas and politics, to preserve history, to reach out to those who need a hand and to bring the arts to many segments of the region.

Tough Stuff Recycling

In its second year, the Tough Stuff Recycling event made for a busy day on campus. Eleven semi-truck trailers packed with old electronics were sent on their way to be recycled by Apple, Inc. In addition, wearable shoes were donated to Goodwill. Unwearable sneakers were going to Nike Grind to be ground up for athletic courts. Packing peanuts, bubble wrap and egg cartons were given to local businesses to be reused.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium

The Engman Natatorium reopened with a grand march down Washington Street on May 23, 2010. Today it is the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium. Closed for 23 years, the natatorium is being used for community outreach and education.

Wolfson Press

The Wolfson Press has published several significant books about the history of the area including a reprint of the 1920s book "The Negro in South Bend."

The Center for a Sustainable Future

The Center for a Sustainable Future organized the Michiana Sustainable Economic and Community Development Summit with The Natural Step International and The Natural Step USA. Nearly 120 participants took part in a one-day workshop on sustainability and innovation.
The American Democracy Project organized various programs that reached into community including candidate forums, table talks and lunch discussions.

Advance College Project

The Advance College Project is an opportunity for academically qualified students to take college-level courses for college credit at their high school, during their regular class day. ACP courses are taught by high school teachers who have been selected and who have participated in extensive ACP teacher training seminar programs. Seventeen teachers came to campus to learn new job skills for this program.

Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

School of Business and Economics and Lake City Bank presented the Entrepreneurship Series. Students and the community heard from local entrepreneurs about business development and skills needed to lead an organization.


Michiana Monologues has become a spring ritual. In 2010, the production raised $12,000 for women's shelters.

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts presented Lift Every Voice, a free concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" introduced opera to students at Navarre and Brown Intermediate Centers and to the Center for the Homeless.

Accounting students signed up for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and aided in preparing taxes for more than 200 low income people.

The Euclid Quartet introduced classical music to 600 fourth graders in six elementary schools in South Bend.

Dental Education students provided dental sealants to nearly 100 children during its clinic in the spring.

Eighteen students participate in Alternative Spring Break community service project to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Elkhart.