ULB Engagée – supporting civic action

ULB Engagée is a non-profit organisation based on the Solbosch campus, dedicated to encouraging, facilitating, strengthening and promoting social commitment. ULB Engagée offers programs in which members of the ULB community can volunteer. The organisation also offers training tools and scholarships for civic-minded project leaders.

our programmes

The primary mission of OSE is to encourage students to become active citizens and agents of solidarity by providing them with training and guidance, as well as nurturing and enhancing their civic actions.

The OSE programme aims to encourage, support and promote the social commitments of the ULB community members through our Tools and Services for Civic Engagement (Outils et Services pour l’Engagement Citoyen).

Since the 2015 refugee crisis, the Migration, au-delà des préjugés (MADP) project has brought together volunteers, guided by the ULB Engagée ASBL and the Jagora (CJD) ASBL, for the purpose of developing workshop tools for youth.  

These pedagogical tools attempt to deconstruct certain prejudices about migration on the basis of scientific data and active teaching methods.

Stimulating curiosity at a very early age; introducing university knowledge in a fun and interactive way; developing a taste for learning and opening up future prospects for all children aged between 6 and 12 – those are the goals of the Université des enfants (UDE). Since 2017, the UDE has been offering free, interactive edutainment workshops designed and taught by members of the ULB community.

Our vision and approaches

In a world of increasing inequalities, the vision of ULB Engagée is one of a universal community which values societal engagement as a fundamental component of an inclusive and united society.  

We work towards this vision through three approaches: 

  • Promoting, provoking, and highlighting social engagement 
  • Facilitating and accompanying projects of societal engagement in the ULB community 
  • Welcome and nurture selected projects into long-lasting successes 

Our values

Complementing the university methodologies and resources with which the ASBL pursues its projects, the values of ULB Engagée are: 

  • Collective responsibility: Co-constructing a social well-being with regard to societal issues 
  • Civic engagement: Participating in an active and engaged citizenry 
  • Inclusivity: Recognizing diversity and prioritizing inclusive practices in all projects 
  • Societal innovation: Collaboratively developing practices for the future to address ever-evolving societal challenges 

*An ASBL is a specific kind of not-for-profit organization unique to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo