Community Engagement Program (CEP)

Program News

Alumnus Audie Chang with David Shenghong Wang, Lisa Yun, Rebecca Li, Calli Rothberg

Alumnus Audie Chang with David Shenghong Wang, Lisa Yun, Rebecca Li, Calli Rothberg

Audie Chang ('73), alumnus sponsor of Community Engagement, makes periodic visits to our program, most recently in fall of 2014. As a guest lecturer, he is an inspiration, especially when students learn of his extraordinary life journey. He spends full days mentoring our students, and they delight in showing him the latest transformations of campus life. For more on Audie and his endowment of the Peter T. and Shun Yee Chang Memorial Internship, see:

Sera Chung

Sera Chung

Sera Chung ('07) shared her experience with faith, community, and social justice. She was recently named the Associate for Gender and Racial Justice at the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church USA and was an invited speaker for the city of Binghamton's celebration for Martin Luther King Day 2015. Sera holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Diane Wong

Diane Wong leading a tour on post 9/11 needs in NYC

Diane Wong ('12) discussed her current research on immigrant communities and its origins in her work on community engagement at BU. During her time at BU, she was awarded the Peter T. and Shun Yee Chang Memorial Internship and wrote an honors thesis in Asian and Asian American Studies. Now, she is writing her dissertation at Cornell in the Department of Government. She was awarded fellowships from the American Political Science Association and the National Science Foundation.

Lisa Wise, Director of Broome County Libraries Jerry Smith, Broome County Historian Lisa Wise and Jerry Smith generously shared their experiences as members and leaders of the local community. Both have aided the research by CEP students and are invaluable resources for their knowledge of local history and community affairs. Students were amazed by the breadth and depth of the library's services to the community and fascinated by the rich archives held there.

Recent Projects

Developed and produced by Community Engagement students:
The Broome County Immigrant Guide:

Now available in English, Korean, Spanish, French. Chinese will be completed this year. Additional updates and features will be added, including interviews with campus and local community members. This is being used by local agencies and campus offices.

The Search for the First Asian Settler of Broome County:

A mini-documentary entirely researched and produced by students. This was developed through research at the Broome County Historical Society, the Broome County Public Library, genealogical and census records, and local offices. The project has been used by students to engage community and campus audiences on the subject of local immigrant communities and history.

The Asian American Storybook
A multimedia storybook for grade K-5 was designed by students to teach the cultural traditions of three groups: Chinese Americans, Korean Americans, and Filipino Americans. Filling a gap in the American school curriculum, the students designed this project to be a portable module that could be taught by any school teacher. It comes with a teacher's guide and list of sources, and was developed with input from local teachers.

Recent News on the Community Engagement Program (CEP) students:
Ian Chiu, a double major in neuroscience and cinema, is the latest recipient of the Peter T. and Shun Yee Chang Memorial Internship. Ian completed his internship in Public Programs at the Museum of Chinese of America in NYC. Now, he is combining his interest in community engagement and health and has been accepted into the accelerated track program at BU's Decker School of Nursing.

Joshua Chorman

Joshua Chorman teaching "The First Asian Settler to Broome County"

Joshua Chorman, Calli Rothberg, and Mehjabeen Hassan received Binghamton University's 2015 Changemaker Student Honor and will be recognized by President Stenger at a special ceremony. This award is for "exceptional projects" that have "helped create lasting and meaningful community change locally or abroad."

Vestal students

Hannah Lugtu and Tammy Cheng teaching classes at Vestal African Road Elementary

Tammy Cheng and Hannah Lugtu taught their co-designed project "Asian American Storybook" to the third grade at Vestal African Road Elementary School.

Emily Burns continues her interest in technology, sustainability, and the environment. She joined AmeriCorps-FEMA and travels around the country for her work, recently in Texas and now in Iowa.

Dain Yoo continues her interest in human rights, attained fluency in Arabic in addition to Korean and English, and is a journalist with the newspaper Boston Korea.

Mark Lim working for Imagine Scholar in South Africa

Mark Lim working for Imagine Scholar in South Africa

Mark Lim recently returned from South Africa where he served as program manager for Imagine Scholar, an educational development program for youth.

Johnny Thach is completing his MA in Urban Education and Migration and Global Studies and devotes himself to grassroots organizing in NYC.

Letian Xia became special assistant to the chairman of the Lam Group, a major realty corporation based in NYC. Now he has retuned to China and works for a major municipal/state-owned company, the Qingdao Conson Development Group in Shandong Province. Its main business are: comprehensive city development, financial services, hospitality and exhibitions.

Anita Mengjun Kuo worked at the NY Department of Finance and is now an analyst at American International Group.

Calvin Prashad, a journalist and political blogger, is completing his graduate degree at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Amy Lam is a senior digital strategist at Adobe Systems. Amy was a member of the very first class of CEP, for which she interned with the Chinese American Planning Council in NYC.

Michael Hung served at the United States Patent and Trademark office is now a patent attorney at Winston and Strawn. Michael was a member of the very first class of CEP, for which he interned for a NYC Councilman, John Liu, and assisted community members in translation and mediation.

Wei-Ee (Katie) Cheng is an ESL teacher with the NYC Department of Education. She received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, for which she served in Singapore, participating in local education programs. She was a member of the very first class of CEP, for which she interned with the Asian American Arts Alliance in NYC.

Other News

Lisa Yun, professor of the Community Engagement Program, has been awarded Binghamton University's 2015 Faculty Engagement Honor. This award recognizes faculty for "exemplary community-engaged teaching, research, or scholarship that helps to create meaningful change." She will be recognized by President Stenger at a special ceremony.

The 2012 CEP Asian American Resource Guide

Click here to download the 2011 CEP Asian American Resource Guide. (.pdf, 1.4mb)

Last Updated: 3/16/15