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IU Northwest joins President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

More than 250 institutions of higher education make campus pledge to emphasize interfaith cooperation, community service

Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Indiana University Northwest recently committed to the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, a White House initiative focused on involving people of different religious and non-religious backgrounds to address community challenges together.

The Challenge, now in its second year, was developed out of the notion that American colleges and universities are often at the forefront of solving the nation’s great challenges.

IU Northwest, joined by more than 250 other higher education institutions, is working toward making interfaith cooperation and community service a more prominent reality on campus.

The IU Northwest Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE), the campus’s front door for community-based engagement, will be responsible for organizing and coordinating interfaith and community-based activities for the initiative.

“We are honored to be a participant in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge,” said Sandra Hall Smith, Assistant Director for CURE. “As an institution strongly dedicated to community-based engagement, we felt this initiative was closely aligned with the campus’s priority to advance educational opportunities, while addressing regional priorities.”

IU Northwest will host events throughout the year focused on interfaith cooperation and community services, including the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, January 17.

Other planned events include “Portraits of Faith,” a moving pictorial of various beliefs scheduled for March, and participation in activities in April affiliated with B.I.O.N.I.C. Week (“Believe It Or Not I Care”).

“Lunch and Learn” events and panel discussions will meet throughout the year to highlight various conversations regarding the diverse community population found both at IU Northwest and throughout Northwest Indiana.

For more information about the Challenge, contact Sandra Hall Smith at 219-980-6978 or

The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge is led by the White House and is supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit

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