All Week April 17–22

Celebrating Socially Responsible Action

A collaboration of Drew University’s Center for Civic Engagement, DEAL, Office of Sustainability, Student Activities, Drew Student Government, Drew Theological School, and the VRC.

Monday April 17: Campus Clean Up: “Grab Everybody’s Butts”
Meet at the Ehinger Center
Join the Drew Environmental Action League for the annual campus clean-up.

Monday April 17: First Year Civic Scholar Project: “How to Fight Gender Inequality in the Workforce”
Screening and discussion of a student-made film about Morris County Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the workforce and provide them with the skills and resources necessary to breaking the glass ceiling. There will also be a short lecture on gender inequality, followed by volunteering opportunities to make a difference. Refreshments and cupcakes will be served.

Monday April 17: Climate Change Teach-In by Student Government
A town hall discussion surrounding climate change and its importance, where faculty members will offer opinions and answer questions from the audience on the topic.

Monday April 17: Senior Civic Scholar Project: “Immigration – Bridging the Cultural Gaps”
1867 Lounge, Ehinger Center
A discussion on the impact of being an immigrant in the US along brainstorming ideas on how both natives and immigrants can safely engage in a conversation to bridge the cultural gaps.

Monday April 17: Knitting Circle/Loom a Scarf Event
Women’s Concerns (WoCo) House/Eberhardt
Knit scarves for patrons of Family Promise. Don’t know how? Instruction provided. Tea and snacks served.

Tuesday April 18: Michael Edwards: “Social Enterprise is a Sideshow: Civil Society is the Main Event”
EC 145
Michael Edwards is the author of a range of books including Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World, Civil Society and the Oxford Handbook of Civil Society. He has worked for the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, Oxfam and other transnational NGOs.  Mike is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York and the Editor of Transformation. Registration required and space is limited. Sign up here.

Tuesday April 18: Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center
Strong and vibrant communities depend on the contributions of individuals and groups committed to improving the world around them. The Civic Engagement Awards recognize and honor the contributions of the Drew community to the world beyond the university.

Tuesday April 18: Screening of Before the Flood
LC 28
Leonardo diCaprio’s award winning documentary about climate change. Sponsored by the Eco-Reps.

Wednesday April 19: Central Ave Elementary School Garden Clean-Up
Meet in front of the Ehinger Center
With spring right around the corner, Central Ave Elementary School in Madison is asking for volunteers to help out during the spring cleaning of its gardens. Volunteers will clean out weeds and leaves as well as prune bushes within the different gardens. Besides willing to get dirty, volunteers should also be willing to work 5th grade students. Registration required and space is limited. Sign up here.

Wednesday April 19: Senior Civic Scholar Project: Empowering Peer Support – Suicide Prevention Training
McLendon Lounge
This workshop led by Caring Contact will empower students to support those in mental health crises as an intermediate step before referring to counseling services, as studies demonstrate that peer support can be most effective in reducing suicidal ideation. Help begin a begin a peer support movement on Drew’s campus.

Wednesday April 19: Tie Dying “Fern Fest” Shirts
Hoyt Lawn
Art Club and the Drew Environmental Action League are co-sponsoring a t-shirt tie-dye of Fern Fest t-shirts that have been specially designed by a Drew student!

Thursday April 20: Theological School Community Garden Work Day
Gardens near Carriage House
Spring clean up and planting in the Community Garden. Wear comfortable work clothes. Tours also available if your time is limited.

Thursday April 20: Senior Civic Scholar Project: “Bees at Drew”
The Meadow (weather permitting)
Learn about the importance of pollinators and why bee populations are in decline.

Thursday April 20: Freedom Schools: “Street Justice: Protecting the Lives of Black and Brown Youth”
Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall
Join the Rev. Dr. Willis Johnson, the Theological School’s Vosburgh Visiting Professor of Ministry and Social Engagement, for a provocative lecture on street justice.

Thursday April 20: Senior Civic Scholar Project: “Relaxation Crawl to Benefit Crisis Text Line”
McLendon Lounge
Stress relieving activities with s’mores!

Friday April 21: Earth Day Celebration
Brothers College Courtyard
Come learn about sustainability with the Drew EcoReps!

Friday April 21: Alternative Spring Break Presentation: “Mountain Top Removal”
BC 101
Students will share their experiences from Alternative Spring Break to Harlan, KY where they learned about environmental justice and the effects of mountain top removal mining.

Friday April 21: Drew Forest Friday
Ecological Restoration Project: meet at the entrance to the Arboretum, at the far corner of the baseball field.  Wear closed shoes, socks, and long pants. Gloves will be provided.  Email for more information.

Saturday April 22: Fern Fest
Ehinger Center and Tolley/Brown Halls
All Day
This annual reforestation of the Drew campus is a daylong celebration: fern planting in the morning, workshops after lunch, and music in the evening.

Saturday April 22: First Year Civic Scholar Project: “Native Plant Species”
McLendon Lounge
Information tables will be set up to distribute information about the importance of planting native species. Potential speaker from the Native Plant Society of NJ and the Madison Environmental Commission.