Current Events and Programs for Students

Below you will find current and upcoming events sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement for students at Binghamton University. If you have any questions regarding an opportunity, or you would like more information, reach us by e-mail at or contact the listed individual running that program. 
For more opportunities, explore our Service Listings, our Events Calendar and our Student Newsletter.

Spring 2017 Events 

Education policy and contacting representatives - A Passion to Action workshop 

Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 

What is bill H.R. 610? How does school choice affect education? Learn about education policy and how to effectively create change by calling your elected representatives to share your thoughts on this important topic! This Passion to Action workshop will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 in UU-202 and will feature presentations by Lucky Mason-Williams, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education, and Jenn Dum, Ph.D. student and facilitator of the Center for Civic Engagement’s We Have Issues program. This event is nonpartisan and open to all students, staff and faculty.

Co-sponsors include: Andrew Goodman Foundation, Center for Civic Engagement, Democracy Matters, Department of Political Science, Master of Public Administration program, Graduate School of Education and Harpur Edge.

Passion to Action: Waste Culture on CampusPassion to Action forum: Waste Culture on Campus

3:30-5:30 p.m. April 21

How does society develop an unsustainable culture of waste? In what ways can we combat this on campus and in our local communities? Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a Passion to Action forum: Waste Culture on Campus.

A panel of waste management, recycling and environmental policy experts will address concerns surrounding waste culture. Learn about the campus initiatives we should partake in to reduce waste and work towards long-term sustainability efforts.

Panelists include:

  • Joshua Reno, Professor of Anthropology
  • Robert Holahan, Professor of Environmental Policy
  • Martin Larocca, Resources Recovery Manager at Binghamton University

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in this important dialogue. Please RSVP online. Contact Tina Lee at with questions or concerns.

Alternative Spring Break

April 11-12

Are you staying in Binghamton for spring break? The Binghamton University Alternative Spring Break program is open to any student interested in sticking around campus during spring break to give back to the greater Binghamton community. Participants will complete service projects at six local nonprofit organizations over the course of two days (April 11-12). Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided, and students can choose to participate for two days or just one. Alternative Spring Break is cosponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and International Student Scholar Services. Register online.

2017 Service Sites:

American Red Cross

Raise awareness about the Red Cross's Home Fire Campaign! Fire-related deaths can be reduced by up to 25% when a smoke detector is properly installed. The Home Fire Campaign provides free installation of smoke detectors in residential homes. Volunteers will go door to door in several neighborhoods around Binghamton distributing door hangers announcing the Home Fire Campaign. 

Broome County Council of Churches

The Broome County Council of Churches (BCCC) is an organization that serves local people with needs, including the hungry, elderly and lonely, disabled, sick, imprisoned, homeless, poor and youth of Broome County. BCCC advocates for change and reconciliation, promoting peace, justice and genuine community across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and religious lines. 

Volunteers will paint several BCCC offices, providing a clean, fresh working environment for BCCC staff so they can continue to devote their time to the important work of helping those in our community who need it the most.

Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc.

Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc. (CVAC) is a safe, welcoming environment for people who have been a victim of, or affected by, a crime. They provide free counseling to survivors as well as a 24-hour crisis line and advocacy program. Volunteers will perform various tasks associated with cleaning and painting the CVAC office, which is a very large building.  Tasks will include painting, moving boxes, hosing down areas, planting, raking and other jobs.

Endicott Performing Arts Center

Endicott Performing Arts Center is a 325-seat historic theater located in downtown Endicott, offering the community high quality performing arts events, performing opportunities and performing arts education. Volunteers will be divided into two groups. One group will decorate a set of stairs which will serve as part of the set for an upcoming children’s musical theater workshop. The other group will sort and organize costumes and cut material.

Family Enrichment Network

The Family Enrichment Network provides supportive services for the optimal development of children and families. Volunteers will clean the Family Enrichment Network building, cleaning windows and stairwells, raking outside and cleaning out and organizing a large shed.

Broome County YMCA

The YMCA offers many programs that provide opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA currently provides housing for 87 homeless men. Volunteers will help improve the residence halls by painting the floors.

Goals, Leadership & Teamwork: A Passion to Action workshop

3-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 10

Explore your personal leadership style and learn strategies for working with different types of people in this Passion to Action workshop. Alison Handy Twang, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement, will discuss how to identify leadership styles and provide strategies for successfully working with others of different leadership styles. Nick Doran, Vote Everywhere Ambassador with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, will teach participants how to work as a team to create S.M.A.R.T. goals to help organize and plan realistic steps toward achieving objectives.

Passion to Action Community Issues Form

Making Healthcare Great Again? — A discussion on post-election health policy

3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24

Wondering about the state of healthcare in the United States and the implications of repealing or reforming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? Join the Center for Civic Engagement for a Passion to Action forum: “Making Healthcare Great Again? — A Discussion on Post-Election Health Policy” from 3-5 p.m. Friday, February 24 in UU-102.

A panel of health policy experts will address concerns surrounding healthcare cost, access and quality and, more specifically, the implications of changing healthcare policy on a local, state and national scale. Learn about the possible effects of repealing or reforming the PPACA, as well as what to expect with the new administration’s healthcare plan.

Panelists include:

  • A. Serdar Atav, professor of health policy and research

  • Gary James, professor of anthropology and director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care

  • Julie Weisberg, director of public communications at Family Planning of South Central New York

  • Nicole Zulu, PhD student with a focus on healthcare policy and the PPACA

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in this important dialogue. Please RSVP online. Contact Tina Lee at with questions or concerns.

Passion to Action Workshop

Know Your Rights: Legality, Safety & Activism

3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16

Understand your rights as a student activist! Learn about campus policies that pertain to activism and protesting and discover tips for staying safe while making your voice heard. Featuring speaker Timothy Faughnan, Chief of Police, New York State University Police. This workshop is open to students, staff and faculty.



6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 

Interested in environmental studies, sustainability, and urban agriculture? VINES offers many internships and volunteer opportunities! Learn more about this community organization at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 in UU-102. Light refreshments provided.

Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, INC. (VINES) is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system, by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. Learn more about VINES on their website.

We Have Issues — Contact your elected officials!

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
1-2 p.m. on Wednesdays

​Have you talked to your elected officials recently about policy issues that matter to you? They are there to listen if you are willing to speak. So give them a call and break the ice! We Have Issues is here to support you as you make your voice heard. Come to one of our weekly meetings to find out which elected officials represent you, learn strategies for contacting them and stay on the beat about local, state and federal policy issues up for consideration. This is a non-partisan meeting not intended to pressure anyone to accept or advocate for specific views.​

​​Meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Center for Civic Engagement (UU-137). A cell phone will be available for use. Even this small action of calling your representatives can make a big impact and will support a foundation for lifelong political engagement. So come by and make a call!

For more information email Jenn Dum.

Bridging the Digital Divide Program

Contact: Lynn Morris - - 607-777-2536 - BDDP Website
bddp logoThe majority of US citizens consider access to internet technology a given in their everyday life. Here in Broome County there are many community members who don't; including youth from economically stressed backgrounds, senior citizens, the unemployed and under employed, immigrants, refugees, and formerly homeless individuals. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) can use your help to get these people connected to the digital world!
Volunteer to TEACH basic computer literacy classes
  • Curriculum and activities provided
  • Learn from the CCE staff
  • Work with other committed students
  • Teach a group of community members who meet at a local nonprofit organization
  • Teach computer literacy to help bridge the digital divide!
  • Teach computer literacy using a tested, pre-developed curriculum.
Volunteer to REFURBISH computers for community members
  • Learn new skills from a computer refurbishment expert and retired electrical engineer with years of experience
  • Work in an ON CAMPUS workshop
  • Become familiar with hardware, software, and how computers operate
  • Help deliver refurbished computers to community members
***No previous experience required, only the passion to improve the lives of Binghamton community members by helping bridge the digital divide!***
Email for more information about the Project or to get involved.

Volunteer with Area Youth

Contact: Clare Gilroy - Youth Engagement Coordinator - - 607-777-2536 - Community Schools and Youth Programs Website
Do you love working with children? Are you interested in volunteering this semester? Check out some of the current opportunities to volunteer with children we have available. If any of these opportunities interest you, or you would like more information, please submit our Interest Form. Completing the form is not a commitment to volunteering – it just allows us to learn more about you and your interests so we can let you know about opportunities that might appeal to you.

Community Emergency Response Team

Contact: Nadiya Al-Noor - - 607-777-2880 - CERT Website
The Broome County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is looking for new members from Binghamton University. CERT is a group of civilians who are trained to become better prepared to mitigate and respond to hazards and emergencies in their communities. CERT members are trained in traffic control and highway safety, wilderness search and rescue, CPR and First Aid, basics of community emergency preparedness and disaster response, and shelter operations. The CERT responds to floods, severe storms, and other natural disasters, and also to large fairs and events to provide logistical support to professional emergency responders. Joining this team is a large but rewarding time commitment. Because of the on-going obligation after training, this opportunity is available to sophomores ONLY.


Last Updated: 4/7/17