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.
University Union 137
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 (spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, etc.).
Indy Li, Community Engagement Coordinator
Indy Li is the community engagement 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.
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.
Michelle Marfa, College Access Coordinator — Bridging the Digital Divide Project
As the college access coordinator for the Bridging the Digital Divide Project, Michelle Marfa is working to provide better technology access, knowledge and resources for local community members who wish to attain higher education. She is responsible for setting up community computer labs, coordinating computer literacy courses/workshops and recruiting student volunteers to help with this project. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University at Albany and is currently a second-year student in the dual degree Master of Social Work and Public Administration program at Binghamton University. In her free time, she likes to listen to music and play video games.
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 semester 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.
Joey Kaplan, Promise Zone Intern & Volunteer Coordinator
Joey Kaplan is a first-year graduate student in the MPA program and serves as the Broome County Promise Zone Intern & Volunteer Coordinator. Working with the CCE and Broome County Promise Zone, Kaplan aims to strengthen a model of utilizing college interns and volunteers to implement a county-wide, university-assisted community schools initiative in Broome County. Kaplan provides support to the Promise Zone team in the orientation, monthly training, data collection and evaluation of interns and volunteers. Kaplan helps coordinate and disseminate Promise Zone information and documents the successes of this model, in addition to developing ways in which the use of interns and volunteers can be structured in a more congruent manner, providing stability and sustainability to Broome County Promise Zone. In his free time, Kaplan is an active member of the Binghamton University Car Club as well as a certified U.S. Department of Justice Victim Advocate.
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.
Sarah Knoell, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Sarah Knoell is a senior majoring in political science, with hopes of later going into education. She is using her role in the CCE to encourage Binghamton students to become more civically engaged and politically active. She is looking forward to a great year with the CCE.
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.
Priya Pandey, Voter Engagement Coordinator
Priya Pandey is a junior at Binghamton University majoring political science with a concentration in global and international affairs. Priya’s passion for community organizing and advocacy started in high school when she got involved with voter registration efforts in her hometown of Flushing, Queens. At the CCE, Priya works to create resources to encourage civic participation for students on and off campus. In her free time, Priya works as a campus tour guide and enjoys playing video games.
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.
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.
Jen Pincus, CCE Event Coordinator
Jen Pincus graduated from Binghamton with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and law and is currently a second year graduate student in the Master for Public Administration program. Her main role at the CCE is assisting in the facilitation of the Community Opportunities Fair and Global Service Fair. This summer she participated in Binghamton’s service-learning trip to Cusco, Peru. In her spare time she enjoys playing Rummikub with her friends.
Social Media and Marketing
Sylvia Chou, Social Media and Marketing Intern
Syliva Chou is a senior Chinese studies major. She is excited to engage the student body and the Binghamton community as a social media and marketing intern at the CCE. She like to run and is a diehard UGA football fan.
Flavia Ribeiro, Social Media and Marketing Intern
Flavia is a senior majoring in Graphic Design and Economics, with a Business adjunct. As a social media and marketing intern, she looks forward to using her graphic design skills to make an impact in the Binghamton community— drawing support through creative and inspiring media. She's currently the Public Relations Chair for Phi Mu Fraternity, and when she's not busy promoting her organizations, she spends her free time pursuing personal goals.