Volunteering, Community Service, & Civic Engagement

Meet the Community Service and Civic Engagement Team!

Community Service and Civic Engagement (CSCE) staff serve to support and connect IUPUI students, faculty, and staff with service and civic engagement opportunities in the Indianapolis community and beyond. We serve as a resource to IUPUI students, faculty, and staff who need assistance in finding, planning, or funding an educationally meaningful community service project. Staff work out of the Office of Student Involvement in the Division of Student Affairs and the Center for Service and Learning within the Office of Community Engagement.

The CSCE team oversees some of IUPUI's signature events and works to promote civic minded graduates through research-based practices. Programs include:

  • Days of Service, including iServe (September), Day of Caring (October), MLK Day of Service (January), César Chávez Day of Service (March), and Jags in the Street (monthly)
  • Alternative Breaks, including one Fall Alternative Break (October), one international spring break (March) and several domestic alternative breaks (March)
  • Community Leaders of Tomorrow (CLT) Residential Based Learning Community in Ball Hall
  • Sam H. Jones (SHJ) Community Service Scholarship: CSCE manages five SHJ programs, including Alternative Break Trip Leaders, Community Service Leaders, Community Service Scholars, First Year Service Scholars, and ServiceCorps

Community Service and Civic Engagement Staff

Niki Messmore, Coordinator for Community Service and Civic Engagement (Office of Student Involvement)

  • Manages Alternative Breaks, iServe, MLK Day of Service, CLT, Alternative Break Trip Leaders

Jes Davis, Graduate Assistant for Community Service and Civic Engagement (Office of Student Involvement)

  • Manages Alternative Breaks, Days of Service, CLT, Alternative Break Trip Leaders

Charli Lienemann, Program Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement (Center for Service & Learning)

  • Manages Day of Caring, Community Service Leaders, First Year Service Scholars, Global Youth Service Day

Courtney Williamson, Graduate Assistant for Community Service and Civic Engagement (Center for Service & Learning)

  • Manages ServiceCorps, Jags in the Street

Shane Whittington, Graduate Assistant for Community Service and Civic Engagement (Center for Service & Learning)

  • Manages Community Service Scholars, César Chávez Day of Service

Contact Community Service and Civic Engagement at (317) 274-3931 or commserv@iupui.edu for further information.