Awards and Recognitions
The establishment of the Center for Civic Engagement is the final step of Binghamton University's strategic plan, released in 2005, to emphasize the importance of community engagement and outreach for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Working closely with area colleges (Broome Community College & Davis College), the Center for Civic Engagement is committed to community engagement through various opportunities such as volunteerism, internships, service-learning, and community-based research. The Center of Civic Engagement has received numerous grants, awards, and recognitions, which have allowed us the ability to fulfill our efforts.
Binghamton University Community Engagement Awards & Recognitions
The CCE has contributed greatly to Binghamton University’s effort to prioritize community engagement on a campus-wide level. The following are some of the awards and recognitions that have been bestowed upon the University as a result of these efforts.
Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation
Through the hard work of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, Binghamton University received this designation from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) in 2015, due to the social and economic impact the University has on both local and non-local communities.
View the APLU press release.
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Every year since the Honor Roll’s creation in 2006, Binghamton University has been officially recognized for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement by being listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
NASPA's Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Binghamton is one of 92 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student's college education. Binghamton University received the Lead Consulting Institution designation for the first time in 2016.
Awards & Grants Received through CCE
The CCE has applied for and received numerous awards and grants separate from but in support of the University-wide focus on community engagement.
2015 Ross Fund Grant - Memory Maker Project: $5,000
The CCE partnered with the Memory Maker Project to provide cultural access to individuals who may not normally be included in or considered an audience for current cultural programs offered in the Binghamton community, increase awareness of the abilities and needs of people living with memory loss and provide service-learning opportunities for Binghamton University students. The Memory Maker Project successfully applied for the Ross Fund Grant, and the CCE will help coordinate student volunteers for the project.
2015 Community Organization Award - Broome County Office for Aging
The Bridging the Digital Divide Program, a joint program involving SUNY Broome and Binghamton University students, received a Community Organization Award from the Broome County Office for Aging after expanding its computer literacy courses to a number of area senior centers. Read more about the award online.
Andrew Goodman Foundation: $3,200
Andrew Goodman and two of his contemporaries were young adults committed to equality, voting rights and social justice – they died fighting for those very commitments during Freedom Summer 1964. Established to continue Andy’s legacy, The Andrew Goodman Foundation (The AGF) inspires and empowers young people to fully participate in the Democratic process. Through the Vote Everywhere and Hidden Heroes programs, The AGF sets Millennials on the path toward civic engagement and greater political power.
- 2014-15: 1 Vote Everywhere Ambassador with $500 stipend and $250 Activities Budget
- 2015-16: 1 Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader with $1,200 stipend, 1 Vote Everywhere Ambassador with $1,000 stipend and $1,000 Activities Budget
- 2016-17: 1 Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader with $1,200 stipend, 2 Vote Everywhere Ambassadors with $1,000 stipend and $1,000 Activities Budget
2014 Ross Fund grant: $5,000
- Funded the expansion of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) student program
2012 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award - Response to a Community Natural Disaster
2011, 2012 Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge: $15,000
- In 2011-12, the Binghamton University Boys & Girls Club Mentors student group placed second in the Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge and won a $15,000 grant on behalf of the the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton. This innovative student-run program provides mentors for over 350 children everyday at before- and after-school programs run by the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club in the Southern Tier. Learn more about this student group's efforts in this video
- In 2012-13, SUNY VINES won another $15,000 Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge grant on behalf of VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments). VINES is a non-profit corporation that creates and sustains community gardens in the Binghamton area. These gardens are managed and developed by community members to produce food crops for personal consumption. A garden's bounty may also be donated to soup kitchens or shared with others in need.
2011 AmeriCorps/New York Campus Compact Education Award Program grant: $35,250
- Funded scholarships for Binghamton University students who contribute 300 hours of community service in one calendar year.
2011 SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award - Innovative Use of Social Networking
President Obama's 2011 Volunteer Service Award
- Awarded to Bridging the Digital Divide Project volunteer Jack Rappaport for countless hours spent refurbishing computers to be loaned to community members who received computer literacy training from Binghamton University and SUNY Broome students.
2011 Lois B. DeFleur International Innovation Fund: $5,000
- In partnership with the Bioengineering Department, CCE received this award to further develop service and academic connections with partners in and near Cusco, Peru, launch academic service-learning initiatives and develop service opportunities abroad.
2010 Newmans’ Own Foundation: $7,500
- Funds Binghamton University students working with the A Room to Heal nonprofit organization to renovate/create 1-3 special healing rooms for children with serious medical conditions.
2009 New York State Campus Compact VISTA Program: $17,000—3 years renewable
- Supported an AmeriCorps VISTA member who worked with Binghamton University and SUNY Broome to run the Bridging the Digital Divide Program, which provides computer literacy training for community members who lack access to and understanding of current technology. Community partners included Broome County Urban League, George F. Johnson Dream Center, American Civic Association and others.
Student Affairs Innovation Fund: $7,700
- Supported the development of a Faculty Community Scholars Program in support of the Bridging the Digital Divide Program
Funding to host SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines intercampus faculty conference program: $5,000
- Knowledge-Sharing to Improve Health Outcomes for Children project. Allison Alden, Project Director.
Student Awards & Scholarships
View a list of civic engagement-related awards and scholarships won by Binghamton University students.
Publications and Presentations
Learn about some of the publications and presentations CCE staff have made in the field of civic engagement and service-learning over the