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 these past three 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Millions were affected by Hurricane Sandy all over the northeast. What did YOU or your student group do to help with recovery efforts? The CCE's Hurricane Sandy 2012 website at http://hurricanesandy.binghamton.edu 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.
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 downtown facility of Binghamton University was one of the structures that suffered extensive damage. Fortunately, due to community preparedness and quick action, no lives were lost.
Binghamton University was integral to the success of the immediate emergency response, as well as the longer term flood recovery (which is still underway). 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.
The 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.
Hell And Back
Date & Time: Thursday, September 22, 2011 6:00pm
Location: Hinman Commons
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.
Date & Time: Discussion Thursday & Friday, October 13 & 14 from 5:00-8:00pm, Film Screening Monday, October 17, 2011 7:00pm
Location: Discussion in Hinman Dining Hall, Film screening in Old Union Hall
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.
Date & Time: Friday, October 21, 2011 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Lecture Hall 9
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
Date & Time: Monday, February 13, 2012 7:00pm
Location: Old Union Hall
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.
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Date & Time: Monday, March 12, 2012 7:00pm
Location: Old Union Hall
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.
Date & Time: Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:00pm
Location: Lecture Hall 7
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.
Date & Time: Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:00pm
Location: Lecture Hall 10
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
Date & Time: Monday, April 16, 2012 8:00pm
Location: Old Union Hall
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.
Date & Time: Monday, March 19, 2013 6:30pm
Location: Lecture Hall 7
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!
More To Live For
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Film screening from 12:30-1:50pm and 2:00-3:20pm, Donor registration from 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Film screening in UU 108, Donor registration in the Tillman Lobby
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.
Day of Caring 2010-2012
This annual volunteer event is held near the 10th 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. BU 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.
CHOW Walk 2010-2012
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. Over 133 volunteers were recruited through the CCE for the 2012 Walk.
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2013 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Old Union Hall
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 election website at http://binghamton.edu/cce/election2012.html
As detailed in Jonathan Krasno's report, 1719 campus residents voted in the three Vestal precincts that contain Binghamton University's six residential colleges, up 32% from 1303 in the 2008 Presidential Election.
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.
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.
Last Updated: 5/17/13