Community partnerships are a critical component of College of DuPage's community engagement. Our community relationships help us prioritize strategies for the future.
The Community Engagement Department believes in the transformative nature of education and strive to positively impact the communities and organizations in District 502.
What COD Offers the Community
In addition to providing a foundation of academic excellence for students and serving as a homebase for arts and culture in DuPage County, community and business members can take advantage of student-run services and a variety of business and career-related resources.
Community Engagement Highlights
COD campus and community members experienced the challenges faced by refugees forced to flee their homelands during an interactive simulation hosted in partnership with Glen Ellyn Community Relations Commission.
Sharing current needs of DuPage County's Hispanic/Latinx population and expanding educational partnerships was the goal of a recent meeting between COD and CREO, a local non-profit organization that offers college-centered services to high school students and their families.
COD employees and students made winter warmer by filling tables with healthy food, collecting gently used cold weather essentials and sharing the gift of life as a blood donor.
Recruits in the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at COD provided lessons in safety and shared their love of reading with preschoolers on a recent visit to the College.
In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, COD distributes fresh, frozen and shelf-stable groceries to more than 125 area families each month.
COD On Point
English Professor Tony Bowers presents his captivating compilation of short stories
titled "On the Nine." This literary work delves into the intricate tapestry of the
Greater Grant Crossing neighborhood, situated on the south side of Chicago. It's a
poignant exploration of the neighborhood's rich history, particularly its significance
as a predominantly African American community—a place deeply ingrained in Bowers'
own upbringing. Contact Bowers.
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Community Engagement Coordinator