Civic Engagement and Community Outreach
From their arrival at UCU all students are encouraged to engage with our local, regional and national communities, as well as those further afield. With active support from the Student Association, its many committees and teams, and also from UCU staff, this engagement is becoming more widespread and diverse each year.
Town and Gown
Town and Gown strives to promote the values of a global citizen through civic engagement and social work and strengthen ties between UCU and the city of Utrecht and its communities. Town and Gown can provide funding for student projects or connect students with the existing running projects.
The student committee for ecological and sustainability initiatives, EcologiCo, set up UCU’s own ‘Taste Before You Waste’ project group. Now part of a larger network of ‘TB4UW’ groups, these students gather unwanted food from local shops, restaurants and our own campus, then re-distribute it free of charge in the center of Utrecht or take it to a local soup kitchen.
‘Enactus UCU’ builds new social enterprises in partnership with external parties both locally and abroad. The students have raised funds and brokered relationships to establish the first of two planned fish farms in Gachie, Kenya, generating income and greater self-sustainability for the nearby Red Hill Baraka School.
UCWorld, the college’s own NGO, trained a group of UCU students in the design and management of crowdfunding campaigns. This group then volunteered for 5 weeks with project partner, Injoca, a humanitarian NGO based in Honduras, and successfully ran an online crowdfunding effort for one of the NGO's projects.