Community Engagement Showcase

Celebrate the impact of course-based and co-curricular projects resulting from meaningful partnerships between faculty, staff, students and the community!

Faculty and students will exhibit the results and outcomes of their team's community engagement projects from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in the University Union Mandela Room.

Featured projects

Addressing Food Insecurity in Binghamton through Community Garden Fruit Trees

George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies
VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments)

Working with VINES members, students in ENVI 415-515 developed a plan for planting fruit trees in community gardens that would meet the nutritional needs of local residents.

Adult Empowerment Series 

Broome County HEARS (Higher Education Access, Retention and Success)
United Way of Broome County
Binghamton City School District's Adult Education Program
NoMa Community Center

A workshop series brought Binghamton residents and students together to develop a community impact project, called Community Gatherings, that enhanced their sense of belonging in the area.

Binghamton High School Substance Use Needs Assessment

Miesha Marzell, assistant professor of social work
Justine Lewis and Benjamin DeAngelis, community research and action doctoral program
Adolescent Addiction Task Force

Researchers collaborated with stakeholders to examine challenges and devise interventions to address substance use among adolescents in Binghamton City School District.

Binghamton Poetry Project

Binghamton Poetry Project
Broome County schools and libraries

Students taught free poetry workshops in the community, building literacy skills and an appreciation for the arts.

Binghamton-Toronto STEM Outreach

Paul Chiarot, associate professor of mechanical engineering
University of Toronto Engineering Student Outreach Office
Windsor Central School District

Students traveled to Toronto during the summer to receive training in providing STEM workshops for youth, then returned to use that training at the Windsor Central School District summer camp.

Binghamton University Community Schools Service-Learning Course

Luann Kida, director of Community Schools
Sara Hall, assistant director for Community Schools
Eight regional school districts

Students in CCPA 360/HDEV 355 completed service-learning hours at one or more community schools, supporting after-school programming and special events.

Broadcasting World Literature

Giovanna Montenegro, assistant professor of comparative literature and Romance languages

Undergraduates in COLI 481 created podcasts featuring interviews with community members and representatives from various local organizations. Graduate students hosted live radio shows on WHRW showcasing world literature to the community.

Community Archaeology Program

Laurie Miroff, Maria O'Donovan, Andrea Zlotucha Kozub, Public Archaeology Facility
Local school districts and museums

Professional archaeologists, assisted by graduate students, developed programs to teach community members about archaeology and historic preservation.

Community Meals Map Guide in Binghamton and Johnson City

Ben Levine, senior geography and sociology major Broome County Council of Churches Local community meal sites

Levine created a visual guide with current, accurate details on community meals. Created for residents in the field, the project invites quantitative and qualitative analyses for food policy and planning contexts.

Community-Based Asthma Interventions

Judith Quaranta, assistant professor of nursing
Fran Srnka Debnar, clinical associate professor of nursing
Broome County school districts

Students in NURS 499 provided asthma education to children and parents with asthma, designed to reduce school absenteeism, ER visits and hospitalizations.

Educational Board Game Project

Jenny Gordon, associate professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, WSKG, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Rockwell Museum

Students in ELED 503 designed an educational board game based on learning standards and then piloted the game with students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.

Emerging Leaders Program Service-Learning Project

Debora Clinton Callaghan, senior associate director, Emerging Leaders Program
Tyler Lenga, assstant director, Emerging Leaders Program
Various community organizations and schools

Each Knowledge Community created, developed and implemented a service-learning project related to their group's theme (arts and humanities; business; environment; global citizenship; public service; recreation and wellness).

ExportNY Program

Elena Iankova, director of Center for International Business Advancement and adjunct assistant professor, School of Management
Southern Tier small businesses

Students in IBUS 581 and UNIV 280D helped small businesses from the Southern Tier region expand to international markets, providing customized assistance for the development of their international export business plans for selected target markets.

Grant Research for the Promotion of Racial Justice in Binghamton

Dara Silberstein, associate research professor of women, gender and sexuality studies
Jessica Alfaro, student intern
YWCA of Binghamton & Broome County

As an intern, Alfaro connected the YWCA with various University resources with the goal of acquiring grant funding to hire a full-time racial justice programming coordinator.

Greenpspace Distribution and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Binghamton

George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies
Binghamton Planning Department and Department of Parks and Recreation

Students in ENVI 415-515 mapped the greenspace distribution in the city of Binghamton to understand whether or not socioeconomic inequalities existed in access to greenspace.

Hinman College Public Service Learning Community

Al Vos, collegiate professor of Hinman College
Binghamton Rescue Mission

Students supported the Binghamton Rescue Mission through various direct service, fundraising and advocacy efforts.

Knight Lights for Literacy

Marla Mallette, associate professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership
Windsor Central School District

Students in LTRC 506 provided small-group, differentiated literacy instruction to kindergarten through third-grade students in a summer school setting.

Literacies of Power

Al Vos, associate professor of English
Horace Mann Elementary School
Vestal Hills Elementary School

Students in WRIT 111 worked with teachers at local elementary schools during literacy instruction to help struggling students.

Making and Tinkering with Youth Neighborhood Heritage

Amber Simpson, assistant professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership
Windsor Middle School
Your Home Public Library

Students in EDUC 470 developed a STEM-related making and tinkering program for youth and implemented a semester-long program with a community partner.

Monitoring Johnson City Redevelopment

Binghamton University Geography Department
Johnson City small businesses and community stakeholders

The neighborhoods around the new Health Sciences Campus are monitored to detect any changes affecting businesses, residents, community services and other stakeholders in the community.

Neighborhood Heritage and Sustainability Project

George Homsy, assistant professor of public administration
Safe Streets of Binghamton
North of Main neighborhood
Broome County Urban League

Students helped start and run a community center in the North of Main neighborhood and brought various services to the community.

OCCT Survey Report

Kristina Lambright, senior associate dean, College of Community and Public Affairs; associate professor and chair of public administration
Off Campus College Transport

Students in PAFF 510 conducted a survey to collect feedback from OCCT riders to understand shortcomings and room for improvement in OCCT services.

Practicum in Community Service

Al Vos, associate professor of English
Nonprofit organizations around Broome County

Students in HDEV 106/116 completed service at one or more nonprofit organizations, learning about socio-cultural issues within the greater Binghamton community.

She's the First 5k Fundraiser

She's the First
FitU
Pretty Girls Sweat

Students raised money to sponsor a girl in a low-income country to become the first in her family to receive a high school education.

Street Tree Diversity of Binghamton University's Main Campus

George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies
Binghamton University Physical Facilities
Arbor Day Foundation (Tree Campus USA Program)

Students in ENVI 415-515 assessed the street tree diversity on campus in order to create a comprehensive tree care plan according to the guidelines set in place by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Tick-Borne Disease Research Center

Ralph Garruto, professor/director, Biospecimen Archive Facility
Southern Tier Lyme Support

The Center spreads awareness of Lyme disease and promotes education to help keep Southern Tier residents healthy.

Wetland Conservation Outreach — Wild Waders

Jessica Hua, assistant professor of biological sciences
Broome-Tioga BOCES
Roberson Museum and Science Center

Student research introduced community members to wetland organisms, identified contemporary issues endangering wetlands and demonstrated how research can contribute to conservation.

Windsor Winning at Wellness

Sarah Thompson, lecturer in health and wellness studies
Floyd Bell Elementary School

Students in HWS 495 facilitated a free after-school physical activity program for selected K-5 students that taught basic facts about nutrition and healthy eating, exercise, and emotions and feelings.