Upcoming Events

Climate Change and the Economy: Sorting Fact from Fiction

On March 21st from 7:30-9:30 The Network for Responsible Public Policy will host a lecture on the topic of Climate Change and the Economy: Sorting Fact from Fiction in LC28 of the Rose Memorial Library.

The speakers will discuss the dialogue around the relationship between addressing climate change and the possibility of harming the economy.  The speakers will discuss why the dialogue on the environment has become contentious, the cause of this divide, and what the prospects for our future are.  They will also touch on how businesses, local, and state governments are responding as well as where New Jersey fits into a clean economy.

Free and open to the public.  Seating is limited, so register today!

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Drew’s Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ESS), and the Institue for Sustainable Enterprise at FDU.


Alternative Spring Break to Appalachia


Drew students will travel to Harlan, Kentucky for a week long trip designed to deepen students’ understanding of Environmental Justice. On the trip, students will learn about mountaintop removal and the ecological, cultural and economic significance of mining in local communities.

Student activities will include some of the following:

  • Service work planting trees on an abandoned strip mine site and home weatherization work
  • Visit to a mountaintop removal site
  • Hike the Appalachian mountains
  • Visit the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum and Thrift Shop
  • Round table discussion with coalfield residents (KFTC, SAMS, RRENEW) and speakers.
  • A screening of the 1976 Academy-award winning documentary on the United Mine Workers strike in Harlan
  • Live music and dancing at a local community center

Past Events

Interactive Dance Performance at Morris View Nursing Center

Recently, Drew’s visiting professor of dance, Kimani Fowlin, organized a performance and interactive dance session with residents at Morris View Nursing Home in Morristown, New Jersey. Many Drew performing arts students participated in making the program a success, and hope to return in the fall to host the program again.

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American Elections: The Challenge of Dark Money and Voting Machines

October 20th, 2016

The Network for Responsible Public Policy hosted a lecture and Q&A on the topic of  American Elections: The Challenge of Dark Money and Voting Machines.
NetworkForResponsiblePublicPolicy-300x126The speakers discussed distinct challenges to the fairness and security of American elections and  how the integrity of our American electoral process is being challenged from both outside and inside the voting machine.  When large sums of dark money are funneled into state or local elections by special interests having an immediate economic stake in the outcome, the impact on state legislation and regulations can be even more influential than at the federal level. The speakers also discussed how the majority of voting machines in use today are perilously outdated, and their potential security and reliability flaws create significant risk of machine failures or loss of data.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Department of Political Science and International Relations.


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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Decorating Pillowcases

January 18th

Students, professors, administrators and staffers at Drew University spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day building homes, sorting donated clothes and packaging toiletries for the homeless at community partner sites in the area. Back on campus in the EC, students made Valentine’s Day cards for patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital, decorated pillowcases for students at Morristown Neighborhood House, and collected clothing for the homeless. As they worked, the sound of King’s voice filled the room, as Drew’s radio station replayed the “American Dream” speech he gave at Drew in 1964.

Alternative Spring Break

March 6th-12th

Drew students traveled to Harlan, Kentucky for a week-long Spring Break trip. The goal of the trip is to deepen students’ understanding of Environmental Justice. On the trip, students learn about mountaintop removal and the ecological, cultural and economic significance of mining in local communities. The trip includes a civic engagement/community service component. Trip Leaders for 2016 are Summer Harrison, Assistant Professor, English & Environmental Studies, Marc Boglioli, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Phillip Salter,Graduate Student, Theology.

Alternative Winter Break

January 3rd-9th

This year, Volunteer Resource Center worked with the St. Bernard Project, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This program has focused on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans since 2006.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Drew University held a food drive in the month of October to benefit Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains.

Civically Engaged Alumni Networking Event

Drew University alumni proved again the valuable connections they help make for our students at last night’s very first Civically-Engaged Alumni Networking Event! Alumni attending shared their career and personal experiences with Drew juniors and seniors, providing numerous examples of how they have made civic engagement, philanthropy, and community service a core part of their lives and identities. Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Drew University Career Center and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

D4D on the Road

Debating 4 Democracy was led by professional trainers from Wellstone Action. As a Project Pericles initiative, D4D is a high-energy workshop for novices and seasoned activists alike. Students an community organizations learned to have an impact on pressing social issues that matter to you. They practiced concrete skills including strategic planning, power mapping, grassroots organizing and getting your message out.

Be Jersey Strong

Be Jersey Strong is a grassroots movement to train and mobilize students to speak with the uninsured, encouraging and educating them on healthcare options.

Teach For America Presentation

Teach possibilities…create choices! Become a TFA fellow in 2016 and close the achievement gap in America. All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits; federal student loans deferred. Juniors: Learn about TFA’s paid summer internship. Meet TFA’s Drew liaison, Nick Diaz. For more information and to apply, visit Teach for America.

2015 Orientation Day of Service

All First Years were invited to join us on a service trip to America’s Grow-a-Row AGAR grows and harvests fresh, healthy produce that is donated to food pantries and soup kitchens all over the state. They also provide free farmers markets in food desert areas.

Civic Scholar Fall Retreat

Our new First Year class of Civic Scholars, enjoyed the company of their fellow Civics and took part in a service event to benefit one of our local community partners.