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Lehigh and the Community

Clean & Safe Environment

An urban environment enriches the experience of students, faculty and staff but also poses certain challenges to the health and safety of its residents. Lehigh is building more effective partnerships to identify those challenges and work together toward their resolution.

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Community Ambassadors

The Community Ambassadors Program is a partnership between Lehigh University and the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation to fund cleaning and safety ambassadors for the South Bethlehem commercial district. The focus of the cooperative agreement is a cleaner, safer South Bethlehem commercial district that becomes a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

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South Side Initiative

The South Side Initiative brings together faculty, students and staff with the people of Bethlehem in order to share knowledge, foster democracy and improve the quality of life in our city. The first goal is to foster the exchange of knowledge, enabling students and faculty to share specialized academic expertise with our neighbors, and inviting community members to share local forms of knowledge, historical memory and cultural practice with those in the university. The Initiative also addresses pressing challenges in the life of the city by creating opportunities for informed democratic deliberation and action.

Clean Neighborhoods

Clean Neighborhoods

South Bethlehem is home to thousands of Lehigh students, faculty and staff who live off-campus and help build a cohesive community while improving the overall quality of life for city residents. At the annual South Side Clean-Up, many Lehigh and Bethlehem groups come together to clean the sidewalks and gutters of debris accumulated over winter. Working toward a common cause adds meaning to the day for Lehigh and neighbors who take pride in a clean, healthy environment.

LUPD

Community Policing

Lehigh strives to create an environment where students and neighbors can feel at ease on campus and in the surrounding community. The Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD), fully accredited by the state of Pennsylvania, works in concert with local police, fire and community organizations to ensure that South Bethlehem remains a safe neighborhood in which to live, learn, work and play.

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Safety & Security Programs

There are a number of ways everyone in the Lehigh community can contribute to a safe community. EmergenSee is an app that allows users to connect directly with LUPD dispatchers in the event of a dangerous situation. LU-Alert delivers text and voicemail messages to your cellphone in the event of an emergency or a weather circumstance that may impact normal campus operations. TRACS and Escort Service provide alternatives to walking alone after dark, and R.A.D. Self-Defense Training is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.

 

Spring Fling

The Spring Fling is one of the cornerstone campus events where Lehigh students perform more than 50,000 hours of community service each year. The springtime carnival provides free food, crafts, games and other attractions to South Bethlehem families, helping to build the relationship between the campus and local community. The event consistently attracts more than 1,000 people and is always a fantastic experience for the volunteers and families alike.

65,000+

hours of community service by the Lehigh community

72%

percentage of Lehigh students who participate in community service by their senior year

103,737

number of on-­ and off- ­campus miles patrolled by the Lehigh University Police Department during 2015

750

pints of blood donated to the Miller­Keystone blood center by Lehigh community members in 2015