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 


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.

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.

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.

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: 2/13/17