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The Center for Civic Engagement strives to connect campus and community via events, programs and initiatives that facilitate deep, critical thinking, reflection, and most importantly action. Below is a sampling of some efforts we have carried out in past years (CCE was founded in 2010). In some cases,we have provided links to archived website pages, which have been preserved since the time they were in use (e.g. Hurricane Sandy Relief, Political Engagement). In other cases, events and programs have been summarized with links included to their respective promotional materials. If you have any questions regarding a past initiative or program, or you would like more information, reach us by email at

Welcome Week Service Project
August 25-27, 2014

The Welcome Week Service Project was a pilot program which sought to strengthen the campus culture and University's commitment to service and community engagement. It aimed to prepare students for purposeful living while impacting the local community and expanding University-community collaboration. 61 incoming freshmen signed up for the program, which involved arriving at campus a few days early and participating in one of four service projects planned across the city of Binghamton. The service projects included painting a series of four murals at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, painting a mural at the Ann G. McGuinness Elementary School, assisting with upkeep of the outdoor Story Garden at the Discover Center of the Southern Tier, and working at Binghamton University Acres Farm, a pesticide-free farm that grows all-natural vegetables and is maintained entirely by students and volunteers.

Showcase of Community Opportunities

Showcase Poster

The CCE's Annual Showcase of Community Opportunities provides students with the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, community organizations and student groups to find out what they are working on, form important partnerships and promote engagement and outreach among students. The most recent showcase featured over 60 community organizations, student groups, academic departments and campus programs working to strengthen the relationship between the University and the greater community.

community showcase

2014 Showcase of Community Opportunities

 Global Service Fair

Global Service FairBinghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) hosts an annual Global Service Fair with students, faculty, staff, and community organization representatives in attendance. The Global Service Fair provides a chance for students to get connected with groups/projects that support or engage in global service. Students learn about global fundraising initiatives that happen here in Binghamton, international service trips, and many other global service opportunities.

Political Engagement

2014 Election Day CelebrationLeading up to the 2014 Midterm Elections, the CCE worked closely with the Broome County Board of Elections and the Andrew Goodman Foundation to ensure that students at Binghamton University had the opportunity to vote locally if they desired. The Andrew Goodman Foundation funded a student Vote Everywhere Ambassador who was based in the CCE. A Political Engagement Leadership Team composed of students, faculty, staff and off-campus members helped develop, guide and coordinate student-led initiatives to increase the level of student political engagement on- and off-campus. 

For more information, visit our 2014 Political Engagement website.

2014 Voter Registration Drive

Voter Registration Competition 2014The CCE successfully registered 402 students to vote prior to the 2014 Midterm Elections. The CCE office served as the hub for voter registration activity on campus, providing assistance to students who wished to register and processing registration forms for correctness before passing them on to the Broome County Board of Elections. 

The student Vote Everywhere Ambassador worked to register students in a variety of ways, as well as by word of mouth:

  • Tabling at University Fest and during National Voter Registration Day
  • Speaking during Freshmen Year Experience Classes and other select classes
  • Residential Community Voter Registration Contest

2014 Election Day Celebration

November 4, 2014 election day flyer

Students who were registered to vote locally with an on-campus residential address voted in Old Union Hall in the University Union. The Broome County Board of Elections offered eight paid, eight-hour poll inspector positions to students. The CCE and Vote Everywhere Ambassador provided doughnuts and coffee in the morning and pizza in the afternoon and evening for students coming to vote. Over 330 students voted on campus and an additional 20-30 students voted by affidavit. This was a 125%+ increase from students turnout for the 2010 midterm elections. Approximately, 450 students came to the polling site to vote, register to vote or join the celebration. Another 50 students who live off-campus are estimated to have voted in the local elections.

2015 Election Day Celebration

Election Day 2015November 3, 2015

Students who were registered to vote locally with an on-campus residential address voted in Old Union Hall in the University Union. The Broome County Board of Elections offered eight paid, eight-hour poll inspector positions to students. The CCE and Vote Everywhere Ambassador provided doughnuts and coffee in the morning and pizza in the afternoon and evening for students coming to vote. On-campus, we had 170 students vote on machine and another 8 students vote by affidavit. This was over a 450% increase from the 2011 elections when we had 31 students come out to vote, thus nearly sextupling the vote. We registered 16 students to vote. Approximately 250 students came to the polling site to vote, register to vote or join the celebration. Unfortunately, we did not have an estimate for the number of students to vote off-campus, but we believe, based on qualitative evidence and unofficial results, students played a large role in the election of a student running for the City Council in the 4th District.

Shamrock the Vote!

March 17, 2016

Our big voter registration event of the semester Shamrock the Vote. The CCE cosponsored the event with NYPIRG, the Roosevelt Institute, College Progressives, College Democrats and College Republicans. CCE setup a table outside of the office where Vote Everywhere Ambassadors and office staff helped answer student questions, registered students and handed out candy. The other groups pursued a mobile approach and walked across campus. Nearly 150 students were registered to vote or changed their address that day.

2016 Presidential Primary Election Celebration

Presidential Primary DayApril 19, 2016

The Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries fell on Tuesday, April 19 this semester. Both of the races were in full swing with two candidates remaining on the Democratic side and three remaining on the Republican side. Polls opened at noon and remained open until 9 p.m., and polling took place in the Mandela Room. In the end, 981 students voted in the primaries--872 Democrats and 109 Republicans.

Political Debate

Political Debate

April 30, 2015

The College Democrats and College Republicans debated Minimum Wage, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Campaign Finance. The CCE cosponsored the event. 

2012 Presidential Election
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Starting in September, students and staff organized events such as voter registration drives, political talks, forums, and roundtables, concerts and more. Everything culminated in the Tuesday, November 6th General Election, where students gathered by the hundreds to vote in the Old Union Hall. To see the full list of events held between September and election day, visit our 2012 election website. As detailed in Political Science professor Jonathan Krasno's report, 1,719 campus residents voted in the three Vestal precincts that contain Binghamton University's six residential colleges, up 32% from 1,303 in the 2008 Presidential Election.


Alternative Spring Break 2015

Alternative Spring Break


Every spring, international students are ivited to take some time out of their Spring Break to make a difference in the greater Binghamton Community, joining the CCE and ISSS for a day or two of volunteering at local nonprofits. This is a great opportunity for them to learn about the local area, make a difference, meet new people and explore new areas of interest.

Geo-Ca$h for Charity

Geo-Ca$h for Charity

April 26 - May 2, 2015

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (usually some sort of container) hidden at that location. 

The Center for Civic Engagement is hosting a campus-wide Geo-Ca$h for Charity event! We are inviting teams of 2 to 5 people who would like to donate to a cause while having a great time! Teams will gather sponsors and for every geocache a team finds, their sponsors will donate a set amount to a charity or organization of the team's choice.

1. Choose a Charity

The first step is to choose a charity or cause that is important to you and your team. If you need ideas, check out some of the organizations in our Service Listings Database.

2. Register Online

3. Gather Sponsors

Once a team has registered, an email will be sent to the team leader with a sponsor sheet attached. Ask your friends, family, and professors to sponsor your team. Each sponsor will agree to donate a certain amount of money for each geocache your team finds. Sponsors may also donate a lump sum up front, if they prefer. 

4. Find the Geocaches!

10 unique geocaches will be hid around campus starting April 26. We will email your team GPS coordinates at 8:30am on April 26, and your team will have until May 2 to find as many of the caches as you can. You should bring a pen or pencil and sign your TEAM NAME on the log in each cache. Also each team should take at least 2 pictures while geocaching, and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ccegeocash.

5. Donate the Money

After the Geo-Ca$h event, each team is responsible for collecting money and sending it to their charity. Donations should be sent directly to the charity, NOT the CCE office.

This event is not associated with the Geocaching app in any way, so it will be a new experience even for expert geocachers! Each team is responsible for obtaining a GPS. A free GPS app is available for smart phones called "Commander Compass." On the first day of the event, the CCE will email each team a list of coordinates, and teams can begin searching for the geocaches.

Registration begins April 16th and a copy of Sponsor sheets are due in the CCE office by Friday April 24th at 2pm. The hunt begins on Sunday April 26th and ends May 2nd!

#Snaps4Service Contest


Official Rules

  • To enter, you must submit a photo of what volunteering means to you. This may take the form of a photo of you volunteering, something creative that you make that represents volunteering to you, or anything you can think of that you think best communicates the meaning of volunteering. Be creative!
  • To be eligible, you must like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. You must also be a current Binghamton University student.
  • Facebook photo submissions must be submitted as a comment on the official Facebook post announcing the start of the contest on March 9.
  • Instagram photo submissions must be posted on Instagram and tagged with @ccebinghamton and #Snaps4Service.
  • Submissions are open on Monday, March 9 at 12 PM. Photos may be submitted until the end of the contest, but the earlier you submit, the more time you have to accumulate likes! The contest will end on Monday, March 16 at 12 PM.
  • You may post your photo to Facebook ( or Instagram or both. You may only submit one photo per site to the contest.
  • Voters may vote for as many photos as they like on both Facebook and Instagram. Contestants may vote for any photos they like, including their own. On Facebook, voters must navigate to the original post on the CCE Timeline and like the appropriate comment there in order for their vote to count.
  • At the end of the contest, on March 16 at 12 PM, contestants who submitted the photos that received the most likes on each site will be selected as the winners. Therefore, share the post and tell all of your friends! One person may not win a prize on both Facebook and Instagram. Contestants are limited to winning a total of one prize, regardless of the social media medium used. However, each photo will have two chances to win the first place prize, using both Instagram and Facebook. For example, if someone wins first place on Facebook and wins second place on Instagram, they may only receive the first place prize. If someone wins first place on both Facebook and Instagram, they may only receive one first place prize.
  • The first place prize winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The second place prize winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. First and second place winners will be chosen on Facebook and Instagram, for a total of two first and two second place winners.
  • Winners will be announced through Facebook and Instagram so look out for those posts! Prizes must be claimed within a week. To claim your prize, you must email within one week, letting them know when you will pick up your prize. If you do not claim your prize within a week, or do not pick your prize up at the date you specified, the Center for Civic Engagement will consider this as you forfeiting your prize and will select another winner. In the event of a tie, the Center for Civic Engagement staff will choose a winner, based on creativity and the photo most representative of volunteering.
  • Each person who enters the contest as a contestant will receive a FREE CCE t-shirt. Come to UU 137 (located across from the Marketplace) to pick it up any time!
  • The #Snaps4Service contest is sponsored the Center for Civic Engagement. By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to CCE, not Facebook.

Day of Caring


This annual volunteer event is held near the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, to remember those who lost their lives, commemorate the volunteers and heroes who responded to the events that day, and promote community spirit and development through over 100 service programs. Binghamton University supports this initiative that provides great benefit to our community and in the past, our University President has authorized employees to participate without charging vacation time to attendance records. 

 Hurricane Sandy Relief

Millions were affected by Hurricane Sandy all over the northeast in 2012. The CCE's Hurricane Sandy website provided information and guidance on how to plan a drive or run a fundraiser, upcoming events and opportunities to get involved, and information on how/where to make financial and other donations. 

 Southern Tier Flood Relief

The Center for Civic Engagement Flood Fact Sheet (.pdf, 430KB)
CCE's Flood Relief website
On September 7, 2011, a devastating flood hit the greater Binghamton area, displacing tens of thousands of families, and severely damaging thousands of homes, nonprofit buildings, businesses, and public properties. The new Binghamton University Downtown Center was one of the structures that suffered extensive damage. Fortunately, due to community preparedness and quick action, no lives were lost.
Events Center ShelterBinghamton University was integral to the success of the immediate emergency response, as well as the long term flood recovery. As flood waters rose, emergency shelters were established to house the thousands of people evacuated from their homes. The largest group of displaced residents (about two thousand) was housed in the Binghamton University Events Center and West Gym. In conjunction with others, the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) took immediate action to coordinate the University's disaster response efforts.
Amidst intense community-wide distress, the CCE was able to serve as the main hub for up-to-date information, student guidance, and community connections related to the flood. See the presentation below for a description of how the Center for Civic Engagement carried out its charge to lead Binghamton University's response to the catastrophic flood through strong relationships forged between the University and its community.
Hell And Back Again
September 22, 2011
The Center for Civic Engagement teamed up with the non-profit organization React to Film to host a pre-release screening of the documentary Hell and Back Again at 6 p.m. on  Thursday, Sept. 22. The documentary follows Sgt. Nathan Harris through his transition from battle in Afghanistan to readjusting to life back at home in North Carolina. Students, faculty, staff, and community members came to the Hinman Commons to watch the film, viewed a question-and-answer session with director Danfung Dennis, and had a meaningful follow-up discussion, and found out how to take action to help soldiers, veterans, and Afghan children affected by the conflict. 
miss-representation-posterMiss Representation
Discussion: October 13 & 14, 2011
Film Screening: October 17, 2011
The Center for Civic Engagement and non-profit organization React to Film hosted a screening of Miss Representation at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in Old Union Hall. The documentary focuses on the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture -- media -- and the ways in which it is educating a generation to believe that a woman's primary value lays in her youth, beauty and sexuality, rather than in her capacity as a leader and an intellectual. The screening was followed by a meaningful discussion on the film and on what we can do to take action and make a difference. The event was co-sponsored by the Women's Department, Psychology Department, Women's Student Union, Voices Against Violence and Women in Business.
food-day-flyerFood, Inc.
October 21, 2011
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
sing your song flyerSing Your Song
February 13, 2012
The Center for Civic Engagement hosted a screening of Sing Your Song, a documentary that follows the life of Harry Belafonte as a heroic cultural and political figure of the past 60 years, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in Old Union Hall. The documentary focuses on his social justice work globally and during the U.S. Civil Rights movement. The screening was followed by a recorded question- and-answer session between Belafonte and the president of REACT to FILM, as well as an open discussion. Faculty, staff, students and community members attended and discussed this important film. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, REACT to FILM, UNICEF@BU, Amnesty International, Sigma Alpha Lambda and the Hillside Community.
tsunami flyerThe Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
March 12, 2012
At 7 p.m. Monday, on March 12, in Old Union Hall, the Binghamton Center for Civic Engagement and national non-profit organization REACT to FILM hosted a free screening of “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” a 2012 Academy Award-nominated documentary that follows survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami as they find the courage to revive and rebuild. Professors Herbert Bix, David Stahl, and Roberta Strippoli spoke after the film as part of a follow-up discussion about the issues Japan has faced and what can still be done to help. The event was co-sponsored by Sigma Alpha Lambda, the Student United Way, Asian Outlook Magazine, and the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are welcome to attend and discuss this important issue.
beyond belief flyerBeyond Belief
March 8, 2012 
Beyond Belief is the story of two soccer moms from the Boston suburbs who have lost their husbands in the 9/11 attacks. In response, they dedicate themselves to empowering Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression — factors they consider to be causes of terrorism.
beyond-kony-flyerBeyond Kony
April 12, 2012
The Center for Civic Engagement hosted a Community Issues Forum, "Beyond Kony 2012" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in LH-10, about Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign. In mid-2012 "Kony 2012" had gone viral, stirring up much debate worldwide (80,000,000+ views on YouTube and hundreds of articles, blog posts, and response videos). The aim of this community issues forum was to go beyond the "Kony 2012" campaign by situating the video in its appropriate social, political and historical contexts. It provided students, faculty, staff and community members with an opportunity to openly discuss their views in a safe, comfortable setting. Actions steps beyond those proposed by Invisible Children were also be discussed. This event was co-sponsored by the Indian International Student Union, UNICEF @ BU, Sigma Alpha Lambda, B.L.A.C.K. Unity and the Office of International Programs. Featured speakers included Professor Michael West, Professor William Martin and Adjunct Professor Virginia Brown. 
living for 32 flyerLiving for 32
April 16, 2012
At 8 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in Old Union Hall, The Center for Civic Engagement and REACT to FILM held a free screening of the film "Living for 32" to remember the 32 people whose lives were lost at Virginia Tech five years ago and to drive critical discussion around the issue of gun violence. "Living for 32" is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic shooting massacre that occurred on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007. The screening was followed by an interactive livestream Q&A with Goddard and film producer Maria Cuomo Cole, as well as a nationwide candlelight vigil in which Binghamton participated. Faculty, staff, students, and community members were invited to participate in this free event. The screening was co-sponsored by Sigma Alpha Lambda, the Secular Students Alliance, and Peace OUTside Campus.
solar mamas flyerSolar Mamas
March 19, 2013
Rafea—a 30 year old Jordanian mother of four—is traveling outside her village for the first time to attend a solar engineering program at India's Barefoot College. She will join women like her from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Colombia to learn concrete skills that have the potential to change their communities. If Rafea and the other women succeed, they will be able to electrify their villages, train more engineers, and provide for their families. But at what cost? After the film, there was a discussion facilitated by Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Joshua Reno, who has done extensive research on the controversies surrounding the use of modern technology to solve problems ranging from waste and climate change to disability and energy insecurity. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to come and get informed, discuss, and take action!
bone marrow donor flyerMore To Live For
April 17, 2013
This film chronicles the life and struggle of legendary saxophonist, Michael Brecker, whose search for a compatible, life-saving, bone marrow donor was ultimately unsuccessful. Brecker passed tragically in 2007 after a hard-fought battle with leukemia. Since the film was first shown, thousands of people have signed up for the International Bone Marrow Donor Registry, each of them a potential life saver. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to watch the film and sign up as a bone marrow donor by having their mouths swabbed.
poverty forum flyerBecome a Leader in the Fight Against Poverty
November 6, 2013
In conjunction with Dr. David Campbell of the College of Community and Public Affairs, the CCE sponsored a panel discussion that was meant to educate the community about what is being done to ease the pain of poverty in our region. Panelists Larry Parham (Citizen Action), Debbie Thorpe (All Saints Episcopal Church), and Alan Thornton (Rescue Mission) provided those who attended with motivation, inspiration, and opportunities to get involved and be engaged in the fight against poverty.
sustainability forum flyerSustainability Forum
November 13, 2013
In collaboration with Dr. David Campbell, the CCE sponsored a panel discussion that was meant to educate the community about careers and volunteer opportunities focused on sustainability. Panelists Amelia LoDolce, Laura Biasillo, Tarik Abdelazim, and Dr. Richard Rehberg provided those who attended with motivation, inspiration, and opportunities to become engaged in the quest for sustainability. The panelists shared personal stories exemplifying the work they do. Many panelists discussed the importance of small, local change making the true impacts. 
gmo forum flyerGenetically Modified Organisms
November 21st, 2013

This community issues forum was designed to give students a wide array of information regarding genetically modified organisms. GMOs are hotly debated in our culture and so many grab on to one nugget of information instead of researching a wide spectrum of thoughts, opinions and data. By presenting two panelists, Dr. Davies from Cornell, and Dr. Andrus from BU, we were able to give students a spectrum of viewpoints in order to make educated decisions moving forward. 

pathways liberal arts flyerPathways to Public Service: Liberal Arts to Public Service
March 12, 2014
The first in a series of two Pathways to Public Service Community Issues Forums, this event aimed to show students the diversity of careers -- related to public service -- that a liberal arts degree can offer. Panelists, Danielle Britton, Diane Brown, Sean Cummings, and Chelsea Robertson -- all BU alumni -- agreed that being in the right place at the right time is key to success. Other notable points were made such as the importance of persuasive and concise writing skills, as well as being willing to do a multitude of tasks in order to "prove" yourself and your work ethic to potential employers. In regards to finding a career you are passionate about, Diane and Sean both found their passions in unexpected places and talked about the importance of loving what you are doing. Diane specifically mentioned that once you feel as if your career is no longer providing you with energy and rather taking energy away, it is time to move on and blaze a new trail.
grad degrees that make a difference flyer
Pathways to Public Service: Graduate Degrees that Make a Difference
April 1, 2014
The second in a series of two Pathways to Public Service Community Issues Forums, this one focused on graduate degrees.  This event aimed to show students the diversity of careers -- related to public service -- that a graduate degree (both traditional and unique) can offer. Our panelists, Katie Olszowy, Merrit Hartblay, and Alison Handy Twang -- all BU alumni -- agreed that graduate degrees--whether pursued right after undergrad or later in life--should be personal and something you are passionate about. Other notable points were made such as making connections and networking with those in fields that you are interested in. The idea of having mentors and agencies that know you and your work ethic and dedication are vital to success. The panelists showed that your education can always be applied in creative ways to do a wide variety of jobs dedicated to public service.
marijuana flyer
Legalization of Marijuana
April 30, 2014
This forum focused on the societal, physical, and community implications of the legalization of marijuana. Panelists Lina Begdache, Judy Quaranta, and Claudia Edwards offered a comprehensive picture of what the legalization of marijuana -- specifically for medicinal use -- may look like the in the future. Notable points by our panelists included the need for further and long-term research, the need to become responsibly educated rather than rely on emotions and propaganda when voting, as well as the importance of protecting the most vulnerable when considering new and somewhat radical legislation.
ice bucket challenge forumDid Your Ice Bucket Challenge Make a Difference?
October 15, 2014
During this public forum on the Ice Bucket Challenge, we discussed its impact on the ALS Association, those affected by the disease and the effectiveness of viral marketing campaigns on the nonprofit sector. Do these campaigns really make a difference? What is the best way to help support an organization or cause that matters to you? Panelists included Kathy Lahey, executive director of the ALS Association's Upstate NY Chapter; Ann Cannella, associate program analyst, Charity Navigator; Ryan Yarosh, director of media and public relations at Binghamton University; and Christie Zwahlen, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
immigration forum flyerWho are the Americans of the Future? Immigration, Citizenship and the Dream Act
November 12, 2014
This panel discussion focused on the challenges facing immigrants to the US, and the perspective of the "Dream Act" as the most popular legislative initiative to address immigration. Panelists Aja Martinez (Assistant Professor of English), Lisbeth Pereyra (BU MPA Student), and Stephen Ruszczyk (PHD Student, Community Activist) sought to answer questions such as: Why are certain immigrants granted a path to citizenship and not others? Who is being denied access to citizenship and for what reasons? How can YOU become engaged in work with immigrant communities, whether as an activist or through a career in public service?
February 10, 2015
February 16, 2016
VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments) is a local organization devoted to developing a sustainable food system by building and maintaining community gardens, establishing urban agriculture, and working with community members. These gardens are vital to the community, as they provide a public space for individuals to grow their own food and share knowledge and experience with one another. This GIM, sponsored by the CCE, gave students the chance to learn about available internship and volunteer opportunities which contribute to the development of a sustainable local food system, as well as VINES' Summer Youth Employment program and free ways to learn about gardening and nutrition with other community members.
Alzheimer's Association GIMAlzheimer's Association GIM
February 16, 2015
The Alzheimer's Association of Central New York dedicates its resources to research and support for those affected by this life threatening disease. More than 5 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer's Disease, and many more know someone, whether it be a close relative or a family friend, who is affected. Representatives from the organization's Central New York branch spoke to Binghamton students about their mission and history, and students from Cornell University's Alzheimer's Help and Awareness Club shared how Binghamton University students can get involved and make a difference.
Food Insecurity poster

Overcoming Food Insecurity: Challenges & Solutions

March 16, 2015

Despite being the world's wealthiest nation, food insecurity is a growing problem in the United States. Food insecurity is the social and economic condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate and healthy food. In 2013, an estimated 14.3% of American Households were food insecure at some point (USDA). In Broome County, over 21% of children live in food insecure households (Foodbank of the Southern Tier). Discuss and learn more about this topic on March 16, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm in FA-212. Following a short 30-minute television segment, Hunger in America, Sean Cummings, manager of BU Acres, led a Q & A and discussion exploring possible solutions to food insecurity in Broome County and on a national level.

Online Activism

Online Activism and Social Change

April 16, 2015

Viral social media campaigns can reach millions and help raise awareness, but how can they be used to provide direct benefit or enact real change? Explore the possibilities and limits of social activism. 

Facilitator: Dr. David Campbell, Associate Professor, Chair of Masters of Public Administration Department

Panelists: Carol Luong '08, MBA '09, Co-founder of; Maria Chaves, PhD Student in English, Anti-Oppression Activist Academic; Austin Blumenfeld, CCE Public Affairs Radio Show Host.

world cup

The Human Cost of the World Cup

April 27, 2015
The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest single-event sporting events in the world, drawing nearly 1 billion viewers and millions of dollars in revenue (FIFA). But, the staggering monetary cost of hosting the event pales in comparison to the human cost felt by poor communities in the host nation and migrant workers exported there for their labor. What is the human cost of the FIFA World Cup?

A Discussion with Dr. David Cingranelli, professor of Political Science and Zachary Silverman, class of 2017, psychology. Co-sponsors: Amnesty International, Political Science Department, Department of Human Development, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program.

Passion to Action Workshop

Passion to Action: How to Make Change

May 6, 2015

Passion to Action is a series of workshops designed to teach students the steps to take in order to be an effective changemaker. The workshops will continue in Fall 2015.


AmeriCorps Positions

Learn about Local AmeriCorps Positions

May 8, 2015

Rural Health Service Corps members focus on health access and education, systemic food insecurity, and independent living for the elderly, homebound and people with disabilities. Alison Handy Twang. Assistant Director of Rural Health Service Corps, spoke to interested students about paid AmeriCorps positions in Broome County for Summer and Fall 2015, and current AmeriCorps members discussed their experiences. 


Passion to Action Series: Masculinity and the Cycle of Violence

Passion to Action

Masculinity & the Cycle of Violence: Engaging Men as Allies

According to the United Nations, 35% of women worldwide experience either physical and/or sexual violence each year. In an effort to raise awareness and take steps towards action, the Center for Civic Engagement is hosting a two-part speaker series (part of "Passion to Action") exploring the facts surrounding and solutions for ending violence against women and the importance of including men in this critical discussion.


Panel Discussion

November 9, 2015

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the "masculine ideal" and how it produces violence against women and other men. Panelists will include Ann Merriwether (lecturer, psychology), John Cheng (assistant professor, Asian & Asian American studies), graduate student Stephen Gleason (public administration) and Abbey Pelot (social worker, YWCA of Binghamton). A short segment from the documentary film The Mask You Live In will kick off the event, followed by discussion and audience questions.


Campus Address by Michael Kaufman

November 12, 2015

Join us for a campus address from internationally recognized author, United Nations liaison and co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Michael Kaufman. Kaufman will discuss his global effort to end violence against women in an address titled "Men With Passion, Taking Action to Promote Gender Equality and Good Relationships."

Co-sponsors: Andrew Goodman Foundation, Harpur Edge, Dean of Students Office, Master of Public Administration Department, Sociology Department, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Committee, Office of Student Conduct, Graduate Student Organization, Real Education About College Health (REACH) Peer Mentor Program, 20:1 Prevention Programs, Women's Student Union and Peace Action



Passion to Action

Human Trafficking

Capturing Passion - Human Trafficking


October 12, 2015

Passion to Action provides students with the knowledge and know-how to effect positive change in their communities by featuring prominent public leaders who have moved the needle on important societal issues. The first event of the series, titled "Capturing Passion," was centered around Human Trafficking and its presence both internationally and locally. This workshop served as an aid to inform and educate, as well as raise awareness to such a critical issue.

Passion to Action: Human TraffickingSTEPS TO ACTION

October 20, 2015

The second event of this series, "Steps to Action," featured a passionate speaker, Carol Metzker, who's an author as well as an activist. She has done an outstanding amount of work around the world to help combat modern slavery. She shared her experiences and motivated and educated listeners on steps they can take to make a difference.

Sponsored by: Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Committee, Boys and Girls Club Mentors, Peace Action, Poverty Awareness Coalition


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Student Changemakers

March 21, 2016


Students passionate about an issue facing the world and ready to take action to make changed listened and learned from experienced local changemakers who are creating positive change in our community in this panel discussion and workshop.

Passion to Action was a one-day event, split into two sessions. All students, faculty and staff were invited to a panel discussion during which panelists--including current students and alumni--discussed broadly how they identified challenges in their community and used their skills to effect positive change.


  • Clare Gilroy '16 - Founder of Homeless Night Out - Biology Major, Education Minor
  • Conrad Taylor '18 - Binghamton City Councilman
  • Natalie Hughes '12 - VINES Community Garden and Youth Program Manager

The second part of the event was a hands-on workshop led by students from the Center for Civic Engagement. Pre-registered student attendees worked side-by-side with panelists as  they walked through the steps necessary to create change within an area of interest they have identified. The workshop was an excellent opportunity to network, brainstorm and collaborate on next steps.

Students who attended one or both of these sessions left with a greater understanding of the steps needed for creating social change, including how to begin and the process of taking action. Secondly, students connected with other students and alumni who were also passionate about creating change in their community.

Co-sponsors: Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Philosophy Politics and Law program, IDEAS, Peace Action, Public Administration department, Environmental Studies program and Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Committee


Passion to Action

Student Group Changemakers Forum

April 27, 2016

Students passionate about an issue facing the world and ready to take action to make change listened and learned from student group leaders who are running service projects in our community and making a difference.

Passion to Action was a one-day event, split into two sessions. The event kicked off with a panel discussion during which representatives from student groups discussed how they leveraged the power of a group to successfully coordinate and carry out service projects.

The second part of the event was a hands-on workshop led by students from the Center for Civic Engagement. Student attendees worked side-by-side with panelists as we walked through the steps necessary to maximize a group's potential and create a successful service project. The workshop was an excellent opportunity to network, brainstorm and collaborate on next steps.

Students who attend the event left with a greater understanding of the steps needed for creating social change, including identifying different leadership styles within a group and things to consider when establishing a service project. Secondly, students connected with other students who are also passionate about creating change in their community.

speed dating for service poster Speed Dating for Service
November 27, 2012

The Speed Dating for Service event provided local organizations with the opportunity to forge a sustainable partnership with a Binghamton University student organization. During the event, students and organizational representatives met for brief periods of time (4-6 minutes) to help identify the best match based on service interests. The idea was that a long-term sustained partnership could lessen the amount of time and effort spent each semester trying to identify and recruit organizations with which to work. This gained time would be better spent implementing service activities, developing projects, and conducting fundraisers.
Several Binghamton University student organizations have already developed sustainable, meaningful, and successful relationships with nonprofit organizations throughout the community. For example, the Boys and Girls Club Mentors student group and the Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton received a $15,000 grant from the Newman's Own Foundation as a result of their strong partnership, which has played an important role in increasing the capacity of the organization.

Peru Service-Learning and Language Immersion Program

See the brochure here (.pdf, 730KB)
This study abroad summer program has been organized through a collaboration of the Center for Civic Engagement, the Master of Public Administration Department in the College of Community and Public Affairs, and the Office of International Programs. It will combined a course at Binghamton University with 2-3 weeks of on- site language immersion and service-learning in Peru. The 6 credit Binghamton University course linked to this experience abroad in Peru provided an opportunity for students to learn about the dynamics of local development with a focus on the Andean Region in Latin America. It situated local-development practice and its relationship to "sustainable communities" which emphasized the interconnection between environmental issues, economic viability, social equity as well as cultural identity.

Faculty Events & Programs

Engaged Faculty Speaker Series --- Fall 2015

Through informal discussion, faculty will present innovative strategies for starting and strengthening community partnerships to enrich student learning and engaged research. Faculty experienced and new to community engagement are encouraged to participate and instructors of all disciplines are welcome. Sessions are free but pre-registration is required to reserve your seat. Bring your lunch – dessert and beverages will be provided. Co-Sponsored by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Decker School of Nursing, and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Stories from North of Main: The Challenges of Community-based Teaching and Research

Siobhan Hart, assistant professor, Anthropology
George Homsy, assistant professor, CCPA
12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015 in LN-2200

Siobhan Hart and George Homsy will share their experiences conducting qualitative research with undergraduate and graduate students in ANTH 554G/480J: Heritage and Communities and PAFF 510 Research Methods and Design. Partnering with the local organization Safe Streets, students interviewed residents to identify what people value about their neighborhood. Students then produced a neighborhood inventory and GIS-based Story Map, presenting their findings at a culminating community event. The data supported the Neighborhood Heritage and Sustainability Project, which aims to develop new measures of sustainability at the local level. Hart and Homsy will discuss the challenges of working with community partners, preparing students for fieldwork and assessing student reflection.

This session is appropriate for faculty in any discipline interested in conducting community-based research with students or developing a community-based project to enhance student learning.

Applied Learning in the Community: Designing an Effective Partnership

Sumantra Sarkar, assistant professor, School of Management

Systems Analysis Project, Management Information Systems
12–1:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015 in UU-124

Sumantra Sarkar developed a partnership with Verde View, a local equine therapy center, to give his Management Systems Analysis students the opportunity to work with a real client. Students applied course material to analyze business challenges and design software solutions to enable the organization to achieve their business goals. The students learned to work effectively in a collaborative environment, appreciate the need to maintain professional communication and think critically. Sarkar will describe effective strategies for developing a community partnership, such as how to find an appropriate community partner and monitor student projects to ensure the quality of their services. How to pursue research opportunities through engaged teaching will also be discussed.

This session is appropriate for faculty in any discipline interested in developing partnerships to enhance student learning. Those new to or experienced in community-based teaching are encouraged to participate.

Developing Students' Research Skills through Community Engagement

Judy Quaranta, assistant professor, Decker School of Nursing
Nursing 499 Asthma-based Research
12–1:30 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2015 in AB-347

Requiring students to perform service in the community can be straightforward, but leveraging these experiences to enrich academic learning is challenging. Judy Quaranta will describe how she uses community-based projects to engage students, develop their research skills and effectively achieve learning outcomes. As trained facilitators, students in Quaranta's Nursing 499 Asthma-based Research course implement and evaluate the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools Curriculum program in local elementary schools. Students identify a researchable issue, conduct literature reviews and data analysis, synthesize the experience for a journal article submission and learn new research initiatives.

Faculty experienced with or new to community-based teaching or research will find this session of interest.

Fall 2015 Faculty Development Workshops & Events

Using Asset-based Community Development in Teaching and Research

1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in UU-209

Courses and research agendas that respond to a community need are increasingly common in higher education as they offer rich opportunities for students to learn about economic development, urban revitalization, and solutions to poverty. However, a problem-based approach may reinforce stereotypes and portray communities as deficient and dependent. Asset-based community development (ABCD) is an alternative framework for community-based teaching and research as it builds upon community strengths and ensures ethical partnerships.

Participants will learn to: describe how asset-based development differs from other forms of engagement, explore the application of ABCD to undergraduate or graduate courses in any discipline, access resources for securing and conducting ABCD and securing community partners.

This workshop is open to any staff or faculty interested in developing community-based courses or research. This workshop is free.

What is Service-Learning? A Course Design Workshop for all Instructors

1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in UU-209

What is service-learning and how is it different from service? How could a course with a service project authentically enrich student learning and simultaneously benefit the community? This workshop is for any faculty and staff interested in or experienced with teaching a service-learning course. Participants will learn how to: craft clear learning objectives, facilitate student reflection to enhance academic learning, apply evidence-based teaching strategies to a current or developing course, document learning outcomes, and locate resources for finding community partners, and managing logistics. Those new to or experienced in community-engaged teaching will find this workshop useful. Instructors of every discipline are encouraged to attend.

This event is free.

CCE Roundtable Luncheons

The Center for Civic Engagement is continuing to host informal luncheons to provide a venue for faculty to discuss their teaching and research with colleagues from across campus to identify potential common areas of interest or points of synergy. 

Difficult Discussions

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: IASH Conference Room in the Library

This roundtable explored how we as instructors address difficult or controversial topics in the classroom. Possible topics include current events, race, class, poverty, privilege or any other potentially sensitive issue that could arise in the classroom, be it part of the planned curriculum or unplanned. Facilitated by Faculty Engagement Associate Jessica Arends, this roundtable was open to instructors from all disciplines and was especially relevant for those teaching or planning to teach discussion-based or community-engaged courses.

Fall 2014 Faculty Roundtable Schedule

 Resource Collection Drives

Binghamton for Nepal

Binghamton for Nepal flyer

May 2015

On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, resulting in 8,019 confirmed fatalities and 17,800+ injured. More than 10% of the country's homes were destroyed or damaged.

A group of Binghamton University students with close ties to Nepal worked to raise money to support relief efforts through the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF). ANMF is a 501(c)(3) TAX-EXEMPTED registered non-profit organization in the US with organizational structure both here and in Nepal and counts many physicians and other medical professionals as its members. It has actively supported health education and other health related projects in Nepal since 1997.


  • 100% of all donations go directly to hospitals and victims in Nepal
  • Every member of ANMF is a volunteer with ZERO pay and no overhead cost
  • ANMF members are on the frontline in Nepal with accurate knowledge of culture and geopolitics
  • Most members are doctors, nurses and medical professionals with close ties to Nepal working with zeal and transparency 

To donate to the relief fund or find out more about the organization, visit the ANMF website.

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Perfectly Suited Professional Clothing Drive
November 17 - December 19, 2014

Working with a Binghamton University Human Development student intern, the CCE promoted and participated in this highly successful professional clothing drive for the Binghamton YWCA. Over 70 bags of clothing were collected and donated to the YWCA. The YWCA offers the clothing to area residents who are in need of professional clothing for job interviews and employment.

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CHOW Hunger Walk

Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement and the Broome County Council of Churches host an annual Hunger Walk to raise awareness for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), a philanthropic organization that aims to feed the hungry in the Binghamton area. Many volunteers staff the Walk each year, and the Center for Civic Engagement helps to recruit and coordinate all of them. Volunteers help with event set-up, registration and clean-up, and serve as both crossing guards and marshals to ensure the safety of walkers.

Ditch the Dumpster

Ditch the Dumpster!

May 11-23, 2016

Students “Ditched the Dumpster” this spring as they moved out of campus residence halls for the summer, simultaneously making Binghamton University a greener campus and benefiting those in need in our community. Collection bins were placed in each residence hall over a two-and-a-half-week period for students who wished to donate unwanted electronics, household items, textbooks and non-perishable food as they moved off campus for the summer. Over sixty faculty, staff and students living off campus also donated unwanted items during two drop off events.
This year participants donated 25,978 lbs of household items to the Rescue Mission and Salvation Army and 3,162 lbs of electronic waste, which will be either refurbished by students participating in the Bridging the Digital Divide Program for use in community computer literacy classes or responsibly recycled by GEODIS, a local firm specializing in the safe disposal of electronic waste. Students also donated 3,640 lbs of nonperishable food items to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse. Approximately 1,560 lbs of textbooks were donated to Books for Africa via Better World Books. Ditch the Dumpster is a collaboration between the Center for Civic Engagement, Physical Facilities and Residential Life.

For more information on the Ditch the Dumpster drive, visit:

This event was held twice previously, in May 2014 and May 2015. Total collection metrics:

May 9-18, 2014: 18,773 lbs

  • 4,373 lbs of E-waste
  • 14,440 lbs 8,000 lbs. of Household items and clothing

May 8-17, 2015: 27,759 lbs

  • 3,320 lbs of Food
  • 2,480 lbs of E-waste
  • 21,959 lbs of Household items and clothing

May 11-23, 2016: 34,340 lbs

  • 3,640 lbs of Food
  • 3,162 lbs of E-Waste
  • 25,978 lbs of Household items and clothing
  • 1,560 lbs of Textbooks

Last Updated: 10/16/17