Professional Learning Institute


Consider participating in one or more of the following activities. Participation will assist you in developing your professional skills. You will also obtain credit for participation in the PLI Civic and Public Engagement Track. Contact the PLI office for pre-approval.

Activity For more information Description
CSUnity (April) Link CSUnity is one day of service, community, leadership and Ram pride.
Alternative Breaks Link 16 total alternative breaks; 13 domestic & 3 international. These are week-long immersion trips during fall & spring break and during the summer. Apply, interviews.
Cans Around the Oval Link Largest single-day food drive in Northern Colorado. October
Engineers without Borders Link Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible students. A non-governmental organization established in 2000, EWB-USA partners students and professionals with international aid projects addressing community needs including the design and construction of water, waste-water, sanitation, energy, and shelter systems.
SLiCE sponsored activities Link With a variety of leadership and community engagement programs, the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at Colorado State University provides an important link between students and their surrounding communities.SLiCE brings together student organizations, student leaders and student volunteers under one banner; making our campus better community and more involved place. Being involved in SLiCE programs allows students to enrich their academic and social experience at CSU.
CSMate Link The Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (CSMATE) at Colorado State University is widely recognized for its high quality teacher professional development programs, innovative curricula, and effective applications of technology. Our mission is to improve teaching and enhance learning for all students, K-16. We do this by developing high quality programs, and dynamic partnerships with K-12 schools, higher education, government, and business.
Math/Science/Technology Day El Centro Office
178 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-5722
This program is for 4th and 5th graders only. Approximately 400 youth will be attending and the program will provide each student with the following information: 1) A fun learning environment; 2) Exposure to different careers in math, science and technology; 3) Interaction with college student role models and mentors; 4) Plant the seed for attending college; 5) Connection with faculty and staff at the university.
CSU Serves Link or 491-1682 SLiCE office organizations service projects a couple of Saturdays each month for students to serve in the Northern Colorado area doing a wide variety of projects.
Special Needs Swim Link SNS matches CSU students w/ community members both children and adults with a variety of disabilities, for a weekly afternoon swim. Each week students and their partners spend an hour in the pool.
TGIF Link or 491-1682 TGIF is a social group for teenagers in the community with disabilities. CSU student volunteers run activities for this group and offer friendship and guidance to its members. Past activities have included karaoke, movie night, attending a CSU basketball game, prom, and more.
RamLink Link This is a page you can use to find volunteer opportunities for students or request assistance from CSU.
Poudre School District Link The Poudre School District sends out volunteer notifications over email. If you want to volunteer in the realm of education and the school system, create an account.
Meals on Wheels-Fort Collins Link Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins is currently in need of volunteer delivery drivers. If you have 1.5 hours to spare and would like to make a real difference in the lives of home-bound senior citizens, please apply.
FabFems Online Role Model Link The FabFems directory is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. Consider being a FabFems online role model.  When your profile is posted, you will receive your PLI credit. 
First Lego League Link FIRST® LEGO® League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14* (grades 4-8), to the fun and excitement of science and technology.