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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Phone: (607) 777-4287
Fax: (607) 777-3099
Alison Handy Twang, Assistant Director
Alison Handy Twang is the 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, 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, Arends 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 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. He 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 three choirs and loves music.
Laura Reindl, Assistant Director for Communications
Laura Reindl supports the work of the Center for Civic Engagement in her role as assistant director for communications. 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 the CCE's "resident techie," works with student staff to oversee the planning of the annual Community Opportunities Fair and Global Service Fair and is the CCE liaison for the SA GIVES (Student Association Group Incentives for Volunteering and Ethical Services) program. She also sits on the Community Options Business Advisory Council. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing in a handbell choir and the fiber arts (especially weaving and knitting).
Indy Li, Community Engagement Coordinator
Indy Li is a community engagement coordinator at the Center for Civic Engagement. She is a recent graduate from Binghamton University where she received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees. At the CCE, she oversees a variety of political engagement initiatives, including but not limited to voter registration, Get Out the Vote efforts, Passion to Action workshops and panels, and a new program called We Have Issues. Using her knowledge and passion for health and wellness, she is also spearheading a new signature community engagement program for students interested in teaching and leading activities and exercises in the community that promote healthy lifestyles. In her free time, she enjoys honing her skills in canning delicious jams, practicing (and soon to be teaching!) yoga and lifting weights at Fitspace.
Courtney Woolever, Community Engagement Coordinator
Courtney Woolever is a community engagement coordinator for the Center for Civic Engagement. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor's degree in psychology and graduated with her master's from SUNY Buffalo in higher education administration. At the CCE, she helps oversee the Community Schools and Youth Programs, Bright Green Bookshelf and Ditch the Dumpster initiatives. In her free time, she loves working out at American Family Fitness, perfecting her snowboarding skills and working on her personal trainer certification.
Bridging the Digital Divide Project
Lynn Morris, Special Programs Assistant — Bridging the Digital Divide Project
Lynn Morris, the coordinator of the Bridging the Digital Divide Program, is primarily responsible for recruiting, overseeing and connecting student volunteers with local sites where they help members of the community build on their computer literacy skills. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2015 with her bachelor's degree in English literature and rhetoric and will graduate from Binghamton with a master's degree in student affairs administration in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her dachshund, Molly.
Community Schools and Youth Programs
Clare Gilroy, Youth Engagement Coordinator
As the Youth Engagement Coordinator, Clare Gilroy focuses on marketing to, recruiting and interviewing students to volunteer in the local Broome County school districts. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2016, where she worked as a resident advisor in Hinman College and served on the Education Minor Steering Committee. She has returned to Binghamton University to obtain her master's degree in teaching for biology. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports and completing crossword puzzles.
Amira Abdul-Wahhab, Community Schools GA — Johnson City School District
Amira Abdul-Wahhab is working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the 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. 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 second year in the Master of Public Administration program in the College of Community and Public Affairs.
Erin Law, Community Schools GA — Whitney Point and Windsor Central School Districts
Erin Law is working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the Whitney Point and Windsor school districts. She serves as a liaison between the CCE, Promise Zone, Whitney Point and Windsor school administrations and Binghamton University student volunteers. She helps coordinate and manage the volunteers in order to meet a specific mission set forth by the school administrations. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Nazareth College, she 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 dual degree Master of Social Work and Public Administration program. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing with her yellow Labrador, Timber.
Emily Black, Community Schools GA — Union-Endicott School District
Emily Black is working with the Broome County Promise Zone in the Union-Endicott School District. She is in her first year at the College of Community and Public Affairs, working toward receiving a master's degree in public administration. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Keuka College in 2016, where she studied political science, history and pre-law. In her free time she enjoys hiking, fishing, shopping and reading.
Tom Mastro, Campus Partnerships Coordinator — Windsor Central School District
Tom Mastro is a graduate student at Binghamton University in the College of Community and Public Affairs studying both public administration and student affairs administration. During his undergraduate years at Binghamton University, he was elected president of the Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNYSA) and led the 64-campus student government organization for the 2015-16 academic year. SUNYSA governs all sixty-four campus student governments within the SUNY system. In addition to his role as president, Tom served as a trustee for the State University of New York.
Nick Doran, Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader
Nick Doran is a Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader 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 will also be completing his MPA internship in the CCE this semester, working on civic engagement data gathering. He received his bachelor's in economics and is currently in the Master of Public Administration program. In his free time, he likes to read and play tennis.
Nicole Bruno, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Nicole Bruno is a senior majoring in political science and Spanish language and literature. After graduation she plans on working in grant writing. In the CCE she motivates students to become politically active by encouraging voter registration. She’s excited for a fun year with the CCE.
Samantha Ng, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Samantha Ng is a sophomore at Binghamton University double majoring in human development and Asian & Asian American Studies. At the CCE, she is a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation and works closely with the political engagement coordination team. Her passion to uplift the Asian/Asian American community through advocacy, policy work and mobilization is rooted deeply in her upbringing in Chinatown, New York City. In her free time, Samantha is an avid reader, is the events coordinator for the Asian Student Union and interns for the Broome County Urban League.
Jenn Dum, We Have Issues Coordinator
Jenn Dum coordinates We Have Issues, which supports political engagement in the campus community by hosting weekly meetings that provide resources for contacting elected officials. Jenn is passionate about the benefits of political engagement for individuals and for communities. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy here at Binghamton University and has studied here since 2013. She works primarily on educational justice, as well as social and political philosophy and applied ethics. She enjoys community gardening, playing the viola, and pondering the philosophical significance of vampires and reality television.
Tina Lee, Passion to Action Intern
Tina Lee is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in integrative neuroscience and minoring in environmental studies. At the CCE, Tina serves as the Passion to Action intern. She works on developing community issues forums on relevant topics for students, staff and faculty on campus. Tina’s passion of bridging the gap on health disparities on a local and global scale has had a major impact on her academic and career interests, including health equity, medicine and environmental justice. On campus, Tina is a Resident Assistant in Hinman College and serves as an active board member of New York District Circle K. In her spare time, Tina enjoys taking photographs, filming and graphic designing.
Front Desk Staff
Mei 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 senior majoring in electrical engineering.
Kaelin Hernandez, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Kaelin Hernandez is a political science 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 CCE 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 Song, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Gloria is a junior at Binghamton University, majoring in integrative neuroscience. Her role in the CCE includes greeting visitors at the front desk, assisting in signing them up for the newsletter and helping students and faculty members use the Service Listings. In her free time, she likes to listen to music.
Ebony Derr, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Ebony is a sophomore majoring in accounting and is interested in a pre-law track. Some of her hobbies include drawing, music, cooking, watching anime and animated media, tennis, and most importantly: eating. She is currently the Treasurer for SHADES and a writer for the Pipe Dream Arts and Culture column. She is also an event coordinator on the Student Advisory Board for Student Support Services. Some clubs that she is a member of include the Black Student Union and NYPIRG, and she also stays involved in her community, CIW.
Tania Smith, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Tania Smith is a freshman office assistant at the CCE. Her role includes, but isn't limited to, greeting visitors, assisting students with finding volunteer opportunities, signing students up for our weekly e-newsletter and helping fellow staff with their projects. She's participated in various community service projects through New York City, Nicaragua and Cuba. As a music major and education minor, in the future, she hopes to work with youth, explore her creative passion and continue to travel. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, singing and watching DIY videos.
Special Programs and Projects
Nadiya Al-Noor, Special Programs Assistant
Nadiya Al-Noor is a first-year graduate student in the dual degree Master of Public Administration and Student Affairs Administration program. Her roles at CCE include coordinating service programs, such as CERT and Passion to Action. In her spare time, she is a speaker and writer on Jewish-Muslim interfaith relations.
Cynthia DeFranco, Bright Green Bookshelf Intern
Cynthia DeFranco is a sophomore at Binghamton University who is interning with the CCE's new Bright Green Bookshelf Initiative. The goal for this project is to have bookshelves stocked with books in the Binghamton community for local children to read. Some of her major tasks for this project include setting up book donation sites and drives. This program is meant to encourage reading and family involvement in their child’s learning experience. Cynthia is a psychology major and hopes to become an elementary school teacher. She has volunteered with the Center for Civic Engagement for the past three semesters, tutoring and mentoring at local elementary schools. In her free time, Cynthia can be found playing board games with her suitemates or watching The Office on Netflix. She is interested to see how the Center for Civic Engagement office compares to the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
Health Engagement Advocates in Local Communities (HEALS)
Zara Shah, HEALS Intern
Zara Shah is a senior majoring in biological anthropology and is a first year biomedical anthropology masters graduate student beginning her accelerated degree program. She is an intern for the HEALS program. She has a large interest in public health and global health because she believes having an understanding in both of these fields is necessary and beneficial in becoming an open-minded health practitioner. On campus she is the team coordinator for Binghamton's Partners In Health Engage chapter, an alto in Binghamton University's Dzidefo African Choir and a researcher in Professor Garruto's Lyme disease research project, as well as in Professor Sobel's Evolutionary Genetics lab. In her spare time she loves to take walks outside and enjoys cooking.
Luisa Ferreras, HEALS Intern
Luisa is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in integrative neuroscience and minoring in health and wellness studies. She is an aspiring physician and public health advocate for local high-need communities. She is currently an intern for the HEALS program, assisting in piloting the program to establish community partnerships through which volunteers will teach health-related curriculums in local community centers. She was first exposed to public health through the Health and Nutrition Internship Program by the Health and Wellness Department and the University of Michigan School of Public Health's Summer Enrichment Program in the summer of 2016. She was also involved in the Global Health Impact (GHI) Project and the Interdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Program (ITRP) on campus. A fun fact about Luisa is that she is very passionate about zumba and hiking!
Social Media and Marketing
Victoria Wong, Social Media and Marketing Intern
Victoria is a freshman majoring in accounting and marketing. She specializes in social media and marketing strategy to increase student outreach of programs sponsored by the CCE. At Binghamton, she is involved in the Dean's Mentoring Program and Circle K. In her free time, she actively sculpts and paints.