Academically-based civic engagement takes many forms . Among the opportunities offered at Drew are a New Minor, Community-Based Learning classes, internships and domestic or international service experiences linked to academic courses.

Leadership for Social Action * New Minor*

You want to make a difference in the world. No matter what path you take after graduation – promoting social justice, advocating for environmental sustainability, or working in the business world –the New Minor:Leadership for Social Action at Drew is designed to give you the know-how to do just that.

Connect your passion for socially-responsible action with your academic interests through hands-on experience and engaging course work. Learn to lead with integrity in the context of a community. Test this knowledge in the real world. Then develop a plan for putting your new leadership skills into action—at Drew and wherever your life path takes you.

Community-Based Learning Classes

These classes, also sometimes called Service Learning Classes, foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world. At Drew, CBL classes contribute to a planned strategy for addressing a community need or strengthening a community capacity that serves the common good. They fulfill the Off-Campus Experience requirement towards an undergraduate education. These classes require students to work in a dynamic way with off-campus community organizations.

View the links below to see examples of three of our CBL Classes

As part of Spring 2014 Community Based Learning Class CE  215 Community and Vocation: Colloquium on Nonprofits and the Alternative Economy – Drew students received hands-on work with vocations dedicated to the greater good. Watch a NJ chocolate maker, a dairy-farm marketer, and a beekeeper explain the benefits of eco-friendly and sustainable food production.  Congrats to our Drew Civic Scholars and student producers behind this fantastic production.

Drew Theater students take their talents to Newark and learn how the Latino immigrant experience offers students the chance to give back.Drew’s Acorn newspaper ran a compelling feature on Prof. Sarah Wald’s Latino/a Literature Class.  The class draws connections between Latino literature and issues facing the Latino communities in New Jersey.  Students put the knowledge they are gaining in class into action, by volunteering to teach english as a second language at Morristown Neighborhood House, a non-profit and Drew community partner dedicated to assisting Latino immigrants facing economic and social challenges.  In the Acorn news piece, students discuss the powerful impact of this class on their education and those within the Latino community that they are teaching, as part of the service component of the class.  As one student interviewed states: “It has been just rewarding overall. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”  Another student comments: “the most exciting and helpful aspect of this [class] is being able to go to Morristown to help teach.  We see firsthand how much we’re helping and aiding these people in their own futures…It’s such a rewarding experience that everyone should partake in.”

Drew International Seminar

(Some DIS programs have a service component as part of their curriculum)

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Italian Language, Art, Culture and Community-Based Learning in Orvieto, Italy

Students from Drew University in New Jersey accompanied by Dr. Emanuele Occhipinti, Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the French and Italian Department, traveled to  Orvieto, Italy.  During their stay students participated in an Italian language program at the ‘Linguasì Institute of Orvieto.  Students were also involved in a Community-Based Learning component giving them a  chance to interact with local volunteer organizations. Students could be seen through out the city cleaning up gardens and assisting with local recycling efforts. Students also provided assistance at Villa Mercede.