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Getting Involved

There are a lot of ways to get involved at KU. Getting involved on campus is a wonderful way to meet other students and connect with the KU community.

KU has various language tables for students studying different languages. You are more than welcome to join either as a participant learning a new language or to help KU students learn your language!

Hindi Language Table
Tuesdays
4022 Wescoe Hall @ 12:00 - 1:00pm
Hablemos Conversation Group
Tuesdays
Hawk's Nest, Kansas Union First Floor @ 7:15 - 8:15pm
Chinese Language Table
Wednesdays
2106 Wescoe Hall @ 1:00 - 2:00pm
Thursdays
2106 Wescoe Hall @ 1:00 - 2:00pm (Advanced), 2:30 - 3:300pm (Intermediate)
Japanese Language Table
Wednesdays
4062 Wescoe Hall @ 4:00 - 6:00pm
Persian Language Table
Wednesdays
2096 Wescoe Hall @ 4:15pm
KiSwahili
Wednesdays
Lobby of Kansas Union @ 4:30 - 5:30pm
Le Speakeasy (French Language Table)
Wednesdays
2085 Wescoe @ 4:30 - 5:30pm
Italian (Tavola Italiana) Language Table
Thursdays
Wheatfields @ 5:00 - 6:00pm
Russian Language Table
Thursdays
Aimee's Coffeehouse @ 6:00 - 7:00pm

Information on campus organizations can be found on the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) website.

KU Libraries

KU library study spaces are open to the public. Each library also has certain computers that are designated for use by the public. In order to borrow books and media from KU’s libraries, however, dependents need to purchase a KU Library Borrower Card for a fee. For more information on how to purchase a KU Library Borrower Card, follow this link (https://lib.ku.edu/policies/ku-library-borrower-card).

KU Recreation Services

KU Recreation Services provide memberships for the spouses and domestic partners of students for a fee. Dependents other than spouses and domestic partners may purchase a visitor/guest membership if they are over the age of 18 and are accompanied by a membership holder. Dependents are not eligible for Intramural Sports of the Sport Club Program.

Lied Center

Dependents are able to attend performances at the Lied Center, but are not eligible for the student discount.

Kansas Union

Dependents are more than welcome to use the Kansas Union, including its coffee shop and dining services. They are not, however, able to reserve rooms.

Legal Services for Students

Unfortunately, dependents are not eligible to use Legal Services for Students, but it is available for all currently-enrolled students.

Spencer Museum of Art and Natural History Museum

The Spencer Museum of Art and Natural History Museum are free for all, but donations are welcome.

International Family Connections

International Family Connections focuses on organizing social events and information sessions to support international families during their time at KU and fostering friendships with other families. All of its events are open to international students and their dependents.

Opportunities to get involved aren’t limited to KU’s campus. There are many opportunities to get involved in the Lawrence community and many services offered by the community that are perfect for families.


Lawrence Public Library

The Lawrence Public Library is a wonderful community resource that, in addition to lending books, CDs, and DVDs for free, has study rooms, computers, and various activities every week open to everyone. For those with young children, you may want to check out Multicultural Storytime, which includes stories from all over the world! Don't forget your library card!

Parks and Recreation

In addition to maintaining Lawrence’s parks, Lawrence Parks and Recreation runs recreation centers (such as Holcom Park and Rock Chalk Park) and has sports classes for both youth and adults. Lawrence Parks and Recreation also runs Prairie Park Nature Center which offers hands-on environmental and conservation education.

Lawrence Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center hosts different performances, exhibitions, and classes related to a variety of art forms.

Theatre Lawrence

Theatre Lawrence puts on different plays throughout the year and has opportunity for both adults and kids to take classes in acting, costuming, yoga, and prop-making. Their most popular program is School’s Out, Theatre’s In, which is a program that meets from 9 am to 4 pm on days that school is not in session.

Watkins Museum of History

The Watkins Museum of History is a great way to learn about the history of Lawrence and the surrounding area. The museum has both core exhibits that you can visit anytime and changing exhibits, so there is something new to learn with each visit!

Volunteering

Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect with both the KU and the Lawrence community. There are many opportunities to volunteer either through KU or independently.


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