About the Center for Civic Engagement

What is the CCE?

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) works with communities within and beyond Binghamton University's campus to provide various rewarding and meaningful opportunities to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The CCE supports the attainment of academic, personal, and professional growth through civic engagement to develop active and engaged citizens.

CCE Advisory Council

The CCE is supported by an advisory council, an active body of faculty, staff, students and community members that meet regularly to provide program guidance, networking opportunities, and services such as course designation application review. Send inquiries about the council to cce@binghamton.edu.

University Union 137
Phone: (607) 777-4287
Fax: (607) 777-3099

Professional Staff

allison alden, director

Allison Alden, EdD

Allison Alden, EdD, is the founding director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at Binghamton University. Alden has been actively engaged in community-based teaching, research, and solution-oriented initiatives for over thirty years and has also directed/facilitated five major externally funded projects focused on organizational change in school districts and human service organizations. As Professor of Practice in the master of public administration program, she worked closely with regional leaders in public and nonprofit organizations on community projects and research initiatives. Alden was the founding director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which focuses on the development and application of community-based research in community and economic development, education, health and other fields within the Southern Tier.
Over the last ten years, Alden has made over seventy professional presentations and produced nearly twenty publications on topics ranging from intervention strategies for diverse populations placed at risk within educational environments to research on the use of service-learning on college campuses. She has been recognized with awards such as the Innovator Award from the Community and Rural Development Institute of Cornell University, the University and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Professional Service and the 2010 Sigma Award for a Career of Distinguished Public Service. Under Alden's direction, the CCE was awarded the 2011 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Innovative Use of Social Media and the 2012 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award for Community Relations for the Center's outstanding response to the local flooding in September 2011. Alden received her doctorate in Education — Theory to Practice from Binghamton University.

Alison Handy TwangAlison Handy Twang, Assistant Director


Alison Handy Twang is the interim assistant director at the Center for Civic Engagement. In this role, she is broadly responsible for promoting, developing and expanding community engagement opportunities for students. Alison oversees a number of community engagement initiatives, including the Bridging the Digital Divide Project, campus political engagement efforts and CCE's partnership with Promise Zone Community Schools. Before joining CCE, she worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on philanthropy and student and young adult civic engagement. She received her bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Community and Public Affairs.  She serves as President of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Rural Health Service Corps/ AmeriCorps program. She currently resides in Binghamton with her husband, Dylan, and their chocolate lab, Keene.

jessica arends, faculty engagement associate

Jessica Arends, PhD
Faculty Engagement Associate


As the Faculty Engagement Associate, Jessica Arends supports instructors in developing service-learning courses and publishing community-based research. With over ten years of teaching experience and a master's degree in education from George Washington University, she offers expertise in connecting community engagement with course content and assessing student learning. While earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Penn State, she conducted mixed-methods research to measure the impact of service-learning on students and communities in Africa and Pennsylvania which resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and awards. Contact her to talk about community engagement ideas for your course, service-learning course designation or publishing on community-based teaching or research.

tom lamphere, senior staff assistant

Tom Lamphere, Senior Staff Assistant


Tom Lamphere has been employed at Binghamton University since January of 2008. Since May of 2012 he has been the Senior Staff Assistant at the Center for Civic Engagement, and has also worked in Campus Recreation and the Office of the Division of Student Affairs. Lamphere has an associate degree from SUNY - Broome and a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University. He is on the Board of Directors of the Broome County Council of Churches, the Binghamton Police Athletic League and the Schools to Careers Partnership. He is also actively involved in golf, tennis and softball leagues. He serves as Treasurer for the Volunteer Administrators of the Southern Tier and Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church. In his "free" time, he is a member of 3 choirs and has a love of music.

laura reindl, communications specialist

Laura Reindl, Assistant Director for Communications


Laura Reindl supports the work of the Center for Civic Engagement at in her role as communications specialist. With a background in private sector marketing and communications, she works to promote the CCE's goals of developing active and engaged citizens through the use of social media, electronic newsletters, web development and print materials targeting students, faculty, staff and community members. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in English.

Indy Li

Indy Li, Community Engagement Program Coordinator


Indy Li is the community engagement program coordinator overseeing the Passion to Action series, the Community Emergency Response Team, the Political Engagement initiative and other programs and initiatives. She also serves as the office's unofficial "data-cruncher." She recently received her Master's Degree in Biomedical Anthropology from Binghamton University. In her free time, she enjoys honing her skills in canning delicious jams and lifting weights at Fitspace.

Lexie AveryLexie Avery, Community Engagement Program Coordinator


Lexie Avery is a community engagement program coordinator at the Center for Civic Engagement. In her role she connects students with meaningful community engagement opportunities, including projects related to the Promise Zone Community Schools program. She also works in the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development as a Career Consultant and Johnson City Mentor Program Coordinator. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego in Childhood Education and her Master's degree from Binghamton University in Literacy Education. She serves on the planning committee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's event Taste of the Tier and works as a facilitator for the Magic Paintbrush Project. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, volunteering and she is a huge hockey fan!

Student Staff

Amira Abdul-WahhabAmira Abdul-Wahhab, Community Schools GA—Johnson City School District

Amira Abdul-Wahhab is the 2015-2016 graduate assistant working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the local Johnson City School District. Her primary role is to serve as a liaison between the CCE, Promise Zone, Johnson City School administration, and Binghamton University student volunteers. She is responsible for helping coordinate and manage volunteers in order to meet a specific mission laid out by the school district. Previously, Amira studied political science at the University at Albany in 2011. In her spare time, Amira likes to give back to local domestic violence shelters with her sorority, Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She is now in her first semester in the master's of public administration program, through the College of Community and Public Affairs. 

Erin LawErin Law, Community Schools GA—Whitney Point and Windsor School Districts

Erin Law is the 2016 graduate assistant working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the Whitney Point and Windsor School districts. Her role serves as a liaison between the CCE, Promise Zone, Whitney Point, and Windsor schools administration and Binghamton University student volunteers. In addition, Erin helps to coordinate and manage the volunteers in order to meet a specific mission. After graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nazareth College, Erin worked for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES as a Speech Therapist for three years. She is now continuing her education at Binghamton University as a student in the Social Work and Public Administration dual-master's degree program. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading and playing with her yellow Labrador, Timber.

Mei Juan LiangMei Juan Liang, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Mei Juan Liang is a Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant at the CCE. She works at the front desk and greets visitors as they arrive, helping students find different opportunities to volunteer by signing them up for the student newsletter and helping them to navigate the service listings. She also assists with many other tasks around the CCE office. She is a junior majoring in electrical engineering.

Kaelin HernandezKaelin Hernandez, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Kaelin Hernandez is a recent political science transfer student at Binghamton University. He has worked for two summers for a non-profit implementing supplemental education curriculum with an emphasis on social development throughout the country. He also enjoys videography and graphic design and uses them to promote service campaigns. His role in the Center for Civic Engagement is to assist students and faculty at the front desk with information regarding service, signing people up for our Student Newsletter and helping people utilize the Service Listings.

Gloria SongGloria Song, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant

Gloria is a sophomore in Binghamton University, possibly majoring in Integrative Neuroscience. Her role in the Center for Civic Engagement includes greeting visitors of the CCE at the front desk, assisting in signing up for the newsletter and helping students and faculty members use the service listings. In her free time, she likes to listen to music.

Nick DoranNick Doran, Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader

Nick Doran is a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. He is working in conjunction with the Political Engagement Coordination Team to increase political engagement and voter participation on campus, while making voting fun! He is majoring in economics and is also in the accelerated MPA program. He is the treasurer of Peace Action BU. In his free time, he likes to read and play tennis.

Sarah KnoellSarah Knoell, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Sarah Knoell is a junior majoring in Political Science. With hopes of later going into education, Sarah is using her new role in the CCE to encourage Binghamton students to become more civically engaged and politically active. This year, she is the new voice of the CCE's Public Affairs radio show for WHRW. Sarah is looking forward to a great year with the CCE.


Last Updated: 6/22/16