Center for Civic Engagement fall 2019

Binghamton University named a NASPA Lead Initiative Institution for seventh consecutive year

For the seventh year in a row, Binghamton University has been selected as a NASPA Lead Initiative Institution. The Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement comprises a network of NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. A full list of participating institutions is available on the NASPA Lead website.

Binghamton University values civic and community engagement as an institutional priority, reflected in its mission statement, strategic planning goals and throughout its curriculum and co-curriculum. This work is carried out across campus, but much of the work creating a campus culture of civic and democratic engagement is led by the University’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). The CCE coordinates and supports civic and community engagement initiatives across the institution, including community engaged teaching and scholarship, co-curricular service and nonpartisan voter engagement.

Civic and community engagement highlights:

  • Since tracking began in 2014, 3,590 students have enrolled in designated credit-based community engaged courses.
  • Nearly 1,300 students have served approximately 32,000 hours in local school districts since 2015 through a partnership between Binghamton University Community Schools and the CCE.
  • During the 2018 midterm elections, on-campus voter participation increased by 315% over the 2014 midterm elections.
  • The CCE registered a record 1,058 incoming students to vote during summer 2019 orientation sessions.

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