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Community Engagement

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.

Welcome to Community Engagement

COD Cares volunteers

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

Exodus Refugee Simulation

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.

CREO president addresses crowd at Waterleaf restaurant

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.

Volunteers during the annual gift of giving campaign

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.

Cops and student reading in the HEC Street Scene

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.

Food bank volunteers outside on campus

In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, COD distributes fresh, frozen and shelf-stable groceries to more than 125 area families each month.

Maureen Hefern Ponicki

COD On Point

In observation of Women's History Month, Political Science Professor Maureen Heffern Ponicki presents the status of women in today's world. Her expertise includes issuess such as gender pay equity, violence, discrimination and other challenges impacting girls and women today. Contact Heffern Ponicki. 


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Contact Information

Joan DiPiero
Community Engagement Coordinator
(630) 942-3872
Email: dipieroj@cod.edu

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