Never have so many Université de Montréal students, faculty, and staff been involved in so many community outreach projects. Such initiatives have a thousand faces, from the SEUR project to decrease high school dropout rates, to Extenso, which develops healthy menus for daycares in Quebec, from the Faculty of Dentistry's clinic for Montreal street youth, to the Faculty of Music's free concerts, and to the traditional Christmas baskets of UdeM's Action humanitaire et communautaire, all involving some 600 on-campus volunteers.
Not to mention a significant number of credit courses including a community component, such as the Faculty of Pharmacy's Service communautaire course. And the university administration itself is inspired by the belief that civic engagement is essential to university life. Here are some projects that, while not the only ones, reflect in their own way this irresistible urge to share.
- An optometrist among the Inuit
- 600 volunteers in humanitarian and community service
- Christmas baskets are here!
- Veterinary students treat street youth pets
- Rector wants to "step up" university community involvement
- Street psychiatrists
- Pharmacists also help drug addicts and sex workers
This text is a translation of an article originally published in French by Paule des Rivières, Editor, UdeM Forum