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
Kelli Huth, Director
Kelli Huth is the director at the Center for Civic Engagement. She is responsible for overseeing the CCE's work with faculty, staff, students and community partners to create and expand experiential learning opportunities with public benefit. This role includes increasing campus participation in community activities with an emphasis on deep, sustained engagement. Prior to joining the CCE team in 2018, Kelli was director of Immersive Learning at Ball State University in Indiana, where she connected community partners and faculty who were interested in community-engaged teaching and scholarship and oversaw support services for collaborative immersive learning projects campus-wide. She received a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Anderson University and a master of arts in executive development for public service from Ball State University. Kelli has presented at national community-engaged scholarship conferences and international service-learning conferences about her work. In Indiana, she served on multiple boards of nonprofit organizations focusing on sustainability, community history and local food systems.
Alison Handy Twang, Associate Director
Alison Handy Twang is the associate 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 CCE's community-based programming, including Community Schools and Youth Programs and the Bridging the Digital Divide Project, as well as campus-based voter engagement initiatives. 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 research and action. She serves on the board of directors for the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County, on the Community Impact Council for the United Way of Broome County, and as a member of the advisory committee for the Rural Health Service Corps/AmeriCorps program. In her free time, Alison enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her chocolate lab, Keene.
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 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).
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.
Dara J. Silberstein, Passion to Action Coordinator
Dara J. Silberstein is an attorney and a labor historian (Ph.D., Cornell, 1995). She is currently a research associate professor in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and coordinates the Center for Civic Engagement's Passion to Action program. In that role she works with students to realize effective ways of taking actions on issues about which they are passionate.
Bridging the Digital Divide Project
Michelle Marfa, Special Programs Assistant — Bridging the Digital Divide Project
Michelle Marfa is a third-year graduate student in the dual master of public administration and social work program. She is primarily responsible for recruiting, overseeing and connecting student volunteers with opportunities to refurbish computers and teach at local sites to help community members build on computer literacy skills. She graduated from the University at Albany in 2014 with her bachelor's degree in psychology and will graduate from Binghamton with a dual master's degree in social work and public administration in 2018. She spent the spring 2017 semester working as a public policy fellow for the Albany Women & Public Policy Fellowship, which incentivizes women to get involved in public policy and leadership. She is also spending this year interning at United Health Services in palliative care.
Julia Viegas, Bridging the Digital Divide Intern
Julia Viegas is a sophomore economic policy analysis major and the intern for the Bridging the Digital Divide Project. She has been to almost every country in Europe. She is also a member of Pretty Girls Sweat and hopes to be a DJ for the campus radio soon.
Community Schools and Youth Programs
Cristina Quinn, Promise Zone Intern and Volunteer Coordinator
Cristina Quinn graduated from Binghamton University in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in sociology and human development. As intern and volunteer coordinator for Promise Zone, she looks at the needs of our public school partners throughout the county and then interviews and places students from Binghamton University into the local schools to work with youth through the various programs that we offer. She is also the program director of Binghamton Food Rescue, a volunteer-run organization that receives donations of produce and baked goods from farmers markets, retail locations and private donors and then redistributes it for free to the community within twenty-four hours, with priority given to food-insecure regions of the greater Binghamton area. Another fun fact is that she worked on a farm in the mountains of Costa Rica for a few weeks earlier in the summer.
Pat Norris, Youth Engagement Coordinator
As the Youth Engagement Coordinator, Pat Norris's main objective is to recruit and place Binghamton University students in volunteer programs in community schools. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2017, where he worked as a student manager for the men's basketball team. He is currently in the dual masters of public administration and student affairs administration program. Pat is a proud native of Binghamton.
Andrew Davenport, Community Schools GA — Johnson City School District
Andrew Davenport, a masters of social work student, acts as a liaison between Binghamton University and the Johnson City Promise Zone, working with the Johnson City School District to address needs for tutoring and mentoring of students and connecting Binghamton University interns and volunteers with JC students to promote positive relationships between our two communities. A fun fact about Andrew is that his hometown does not have any stop lights. All good old-fashioned stop signs.
Ricky Phillips, Community Schools GA — Whitney Point and Windsor Central School Districts
Ricky Phillips serves the Broome County Promise Zone by connecting the talent of Binghamton University to the unique needs of our local rural school districts. She is currently a student in the sustainable communities masters program and loves adventure and physical labor! (She will happily shovel you out this winter.) She also loves food, agriculture, mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, sewing, sleeping and having fun. Besides working at the CCE, her campus involvement includes finding free food and juicy gossip.
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, serving as a liaison between the CCE, Promise Zone, the Union-Endicott School District and Binghamton University student volunteers. She helps coordinate and manage volunteers to meet the needs of the Union-Endicott school district. She is in her second 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, 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.
Ben DeAngelis, Political Engagement Coordinator
Ben DeAngelis is a Ph.D. student in the community research and action program. He works closely with the CCE's Vote Everywhere Ambassadors to provide voter education programming on campus. He also works on We Have Issues and Passion to Action, CCE's issue-based programming that connects students with opportunities to engage directly with their elected officials and community institutions. He has worked on more than twenty campuses across New York state, guiding students to host civic engagement and political participation programming. He is also involved in the College Student Personnel Association of New York state and a member of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).
Samantha Ng, Vote Everywhere Ambassador Team Leader
Samantha Ng is a junior double majoring in human development and Asian & Asian American studies and is the vote everywhere ambassador team leader for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She works closely with the Political Engagement Coordination Team to increase political engagement and civic and electoral participation on campus. Her passion to uplift the Asian/Asian American community through policy advocacy and community development is rooted deeply in her upbringing in New York City. She is the President of the Asian Student Union at Binghamton University and serves on the National Board for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU).
Jacob Bezner, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Jacob Bezner is a sophomore political science and history major. He engages and empowers students in local politics in his role as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. He keeps a pocket constitution on him at all times. Besides working in the CCE, Jacob is also a member of the Roosevelt Institute, American Parliamentary Debate Association and Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra.
Ferdous Dehqan, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
Ferdous is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in sociology. He is a Vote Everywhere ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, where his role is to raise political awareness among students and increase their political participation through voter registration. In his free time he likes to watch movies and read books. His favorite show is Rick & Morty.
Jenn Dum, Lead Advisor for We Have Issues
Jenn Dum is the lead adviser for We Have Issues, which supports political engagement in the campus community by hosting regular meetings that provide resources for contacting elected officials on many important issues. She founded and coordinated We Have Issues in spring 2017. Jenn is passionate about the benefits of political engagement for individuals and for communities. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is currently a Ph.D. 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.
Front Desk Staff
Gloria Song, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Gloria is a senior 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.
Baaba Annan, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Ewuraba (Baaba) Annan is a sophomore majoring in human development in the College of Community & Public Affairs. Her role in the Center for Civic Engagement is as a federal work study student. She LOVES elephants, and her other campus involvement includes being the Student Association president chief of staff and the activities coordinator for the Nnua African Dance Team.
Chukwunonso Okoli, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Chukwunonso Okoli is an office assistant for the Center for Civic Engagement. She is a junior majoring in integrative neuroscience. She enjoys playing tennis and reading in her free time. Her future plans include going to medical school or doing research in psychology.
Shana Chen, Community Service Recruiter/Office Assistant
Shana Chen is currently a senior majoring in economics on the pre-medical track. At the CCE, she helps students find volunteer opportunities through our Service Listings, redirects students and organizations to the appropriate staff, and helps with ongoing projects. As the former volunteer coordinator of the Pre-Medical Association, she utilized the CCE's newsletter to volunteer with a variety of organizations (VINES, the Humane Society, the Discovery Center). In her free time, she likes to read and play the piano.
Special Programs and Projects
Brian Campbell, Community Health Engagement Opportunities GA
Brian Campbell is the graduate assistant for the Community Health Engagement Opportunity program. He is a first-year graduate student at Binghamton University and studies student affairs administration in the College of Community and Public Affairs. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Morocco and is an enthusiast of the Arabic language. He is also passionate about musical theater, international politics, and human rights issues.
Zara Shah, Community Health Engagement Opportunities Intern
Zara Shah is a biomedical anthropology master's graduate student. She is an intern for the Community Health Engagement Opportunities 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 a graduate assistant for Harpur Academic Advising, an alto in Binghamton University's Dzidefo African Choir and a researcher in Professor Garruto's Lyme disease research project. She is also the team coordinator for the regional Partners In Health Engage team overseeing the progress of the Binghamton campus and local high school teams. In her spare time she loves to take walks outside, people-watching and cooking.
Marketing and Communications Interns
Elaine Edmondson is currently a junior majoring in graphic design. As an intern, she is focused on expanding the CCE's presence through social media platforms. You can find her very involved on campus as a secretary in Comic Club, a marketing intern at the Multicultural Resource Center and a member of the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. In her free time, she likes to sing to music, such as Adele and Bruno Mars, as well as occasionally draw in her sketchbook.
Carley Nielsen is a junior majoring in graphic design and minoring in anthropology. At the CCE, she is a marketing and communications intern where her role is concentrated in creating graphic design work for the CCE's marketing materials. She is also involved on campus as the public relations director for WHRW. Back home, she puts her creativity to work at her art gallery where she sells and accepts commissions of her work. In the future, she would like to pursue a career in creating album covers for records.
Kana Prasertchoang is a senior double-majoring in economics and English. As a marketing and communications intern she is responsible for contributing articles and stories about involved students, faculty, staff and alumni. She also aids in developing copy for marketing materials to be distributed both online and in print. Along with her role in the CCE, she is also a member of Phi Chi Theta, and is the events coordinator for Liberty in North Korea. She loves all fluffy animals and aspires to one day have a puppy.