Community Engagement Showcase

The Community Engagement Showcase offers a chance to celebrate the impact of course-based and co-curricular projects resulting from meaningful partnerships between faculty, staff, students and the community! 

In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 11 press conference on the coronavirus, Binghamton University announced that all events scheduled on or after March 19, must be canceled or moved to an online format. As such, our 2020 Community Engagement Showcase has been canceled. We look forward to sharing some of the outstanding projects resulting from campus/community partnerships on our social media channels in the coming weeks.

For more information see the University’s response to the coronavirus.


2019-20 featured projects

Binghamton Poetry Project

Binghamton Center for Writers
Broome County Public Library
Mary L. Wilcox Memorial Library
Union-Endicott High School
Charles F. Johnson Elementary School
Johnson City Primary School

The Binghamton Poetry Project is a literary service program of the Binghamton Center for Writers, an organized research center at Binghamton University. BPP sends trained creative writing instructors into the community to lead free poetry workshops that are open to the public or occur within local schools.

Community Archaeology Program

Public Archaeology Facility

The Community Archaeology Program (CAP) is the public outreach program of the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University. Through CAP, members of the public learn about archaeology from professional archaeologists working in the field.

Fostering youth environmental literacy through ecological outreach

George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies
Broome County Parks and Recreation

Students worked with Broome County staff to expand the preexisting Broome County Dozen Hiking Challenge to encourage local children and adults alike to explore their local ecology and increase engagement with nature when Broome County residents visited local parks.

Johnson City Redevelopment: The Health Sciences Campus

John Frazier, SUNY distinguished service professor of geography and director of the GIS Core Facility
Kevin Heard, associate director of the GIS Campus Core Facility

With guidance from Geography Department faculty and staff, students are helping to develop a Story Map that will track the neighborhood changes occurring in the neighborhoods surrounding the newly built School of Pharmacy and the relocation of the School of Nursing. This comes in the form of data analysis through mapping, interviews and input from community stakeholders, and various methods of fieldwork. Our GIS Facility and Geography Department are working closely with the University president and other key officials, who have bought into the technology.

Master of Public Health (MPH) student capstone projects

Yvonne Johnston, founding director, MPH program
Anu Banerjee, clinical professor, MPH program
Emily Pape, clinical associate professor, MPH Program
Sharon Bryant, asociate professor, MPH Program
Broome County Health Department
Arnot Health
Children's Home
Care Compass Network
Binghamton University Health Prevention and Promotion Services

The Capstone Project represents a culminating and integrative learning experience in the MPH program. The Capstone Project demonstrates substantive application of public health theory, knowledge and skills acquired through didactic and experiential courses completed during the student’s program of study.

MPH student Saydi Akgul designed a telemonitoring mobile application for COPD patients to accommodate and promote their disease self-management. Patients of a pre-existing respiratory therapy program in upstate New York were enrolled. 

MPH student Luis Midence completed a statistical analysis showing that social risk factors and patient demographics specific to safety-net hospitals have resulted in them being disproportionately affected by Medicare reimbursement models.

North of Main Neighborhood Project

Neighborhood Heritage and Sustainability Project
Safe Streets Binghamton
NoMa — North of Main 

A partnership working with residents and students to bring services to Binghamton's Westside, especially, but not exclusively, the North of Main neighborhood.

Open Airways asthma management education

Judith Quaranta, assistant professor of nursing
Fran Srnka Debnar, clinical associate professor of nursing
Stephanie Davy, CCPA/Community Schools coordinator Chenango Forks Central School District
Chenango Forks Elementary School

Students are trained to deliver asthma management education to children with asthma. We work with the school nurses and community school coordinator to coordinate the effort to deliver the program to the children.

Partnerships with the Binghamton Rescue Mission and NoMa — North of Main

Public Service Learning Community in Hinman College
Binghamton Rescue Mission
NoMa — North of Main

Students in the Hinman Public Service Learning Community support the Rescue Mission's goal of enabling homeless men to live productively within the community and support the leadership of NoMa in building a strong neighborhood association.

Pediatric pictorial well-being scale

Judith Quaranta, assistant professor of nursing
Fran Srnka Debnar, clinical associate professor of nursing
Katelyn Lapan, CCPA/Community Schools coordinator Windsor Central School District

Students will conduct focus groups with children ages eight to eleven years old to develop a pediatric picture well being scale. After development, the tool will be tested to determine validity and reliability.

Pediatric pictorial well-being tool

Judith Quaranta, assistant professor of nursing
Fran Srnka Debnar, clinical associate professor of nursing

We will be conducting focus groups with children ages eight to eleven years old to develop a picture well-being tool. After developung the tool, we will conduct validity testing. This will be the first tool developed for children that addresses literacy issues and language barriers when assessing well-being in children. Through multiple literature searches, we were unable to locate any similar tools already available.

Pollinator garden for the Ross Park Zoo: a comprehensive site assessment and installation plan

George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies
Ross Park Zoo

The Ross Park Zoo is interested in establishing a pollinator garden on their property. We worked with zoo staff to develop a site assessment and management plan for installing a pollinator garden.

Reducing food insecurity in the Greater Binghamton area through the establishment of urban gardens

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

We partnered with VINES, an independent nonprofit organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. VINES has 17 community gardens and recently announced their Garden Expansion Project: 20 Gardens by 2020. To support this goal, we identified several potential locations for community gardens and developed a comprehensive system for determining which locations would best address community needs.

She's the First Annual 5k

She's the First student organization
She's the First national nonprofit organization

Our 2020 5k will be held on campus, with all donations going to the national non-profit organization, She's the First. STF fights gender equality world wide by funding young girls to be the first in their families to gain an education through scholarships, mentoring and any support needed to continue their education.

Telling Our Stories of Immigration

Lisa Yun, associate professor of English and Asian and Asian American Studies
Tenement Museum: Immigration Museum NYC
Vestal Public Library
American Civic Association of Binghamton

This project is a public humanities project that entails learning about and composing our immigrant stories, and learning those of community members. These stories are for community engagement and digital archives. View their digital display on Instagram.

Theatre in the Classroom

Elizabeth Mozer, associate professor of theatre
Christine Skorupa, student leader/teaching artist
Vistal Hills Elementary School
Tioga Hills Elementary School

Binghamton Univesity theatre students volunteer their time developing classroom theatre activities for elementary school students. They then go to local elementary school classrooms once a week for four to six weeks (per semester) and lead the students in theatre-based exercises.

Using art to communicate science

Hua Lab
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)

My lab generated a lesson plan that included an original children’s book on trematode life cycles and addressed several N.Y. learning standards in collaboration with BOCES. Next, in collaboration with BOCES and Roberson Museum and Science Center (RMSC), my lab conducted a teaching workshop with 21 third-grade teachers across our ten local school districts. Finally, following the workshop, classrooms from ten districts implemented the pre-lesson plan, conducted pre-assessments, participated in the field trip to RMSC and completed post-assessments. 

Willy Wonka Project

Michelle D. Withers Biology Education Lab

Our project is working at the intersection between the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) approach which has been engaging student with complex societal problems for over a decade and CUREs (course-based undergraduate research experiences), a relatively new, but rapidly spreading approach that crowd-sources students to work on real problems while providing them with an authentic scientific experience. We are beginning by soliciting student input on factors that will help make their college experience feel more satisfying and relevant. 

Youth Initiative 

Center for Civic Engagment
Local school districts

We engage Binghamton students to participate and become more involved in the local community through partnerships with local schools. Students work as classroom assistants, tutors or simply as a friend to local youth.


2018-19 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.