Drew’s focus on experiential learning means plenty of opportunities for real world experience. Take a Community Based Learning class and make an impact in your local community. Focus on your leadership skills with the minor in Applied Leadership. Explore how creativity and innovation can lead to positive change in the world. Connect your passion for action with your academic interests at Drew.
Community Based Learning (CBL) 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.
Drew Theater students take their talents to Newark. Advantage Arts is a collaborative theatre-making enterprise in which Drew students team up with high school students from the Newark inner city schools to create original works that are presented both on Drew’s campus and at the Marion Bolden Student Center in Newark. The students spend four weeks working on the plays with Theatre and Dance professors Chris Ceraso, Lisa Brenner, Rodney Gilbert and Kimani Fowlin and Drew student mentors. “The Drew students are learning mentoring skills and furthering their theater education,” says Professor Ceraso. “The Newark kids get to work in theater, but they’re also building life skills. They’re being given an opportunity to work collaboratively, with different kinds of people, in a disciplined way.”
Students learn how the Latino immigrant experience offers students the chance to give back. They volunteer 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 an 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.”
The Center for Global Education provides both ShortTrec and LongTrec programs, some of which have a service component as part of their curriculum. Every other year, students travel to Orvieto, Italy to engage in Italian language, art, culture and Community-Based Learning activities, accompanied by Dr. Emanuele Occhipinti, Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the French and Italian Department. During their stay, students participate in an Italian language program at the ‘Linguasì Institute of Orvieto, while the Community-Based Learning component gives students a chance to interact with local volunteer organizations. The activities students participate in change from trip to trip, although examples from past treks include teaching English to children, visiting local hospitals, assisting with local recycling efforts, helping artisans make crafts to be sold, and providing assistance at Villa Mercede.
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 Minor in Applied Leadership at Drew is designed to give you the know-how to do just that.
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.
Innovation at Drew connects creativity, entrepreneurship, and professional skill-building with our students’ passion to create good for the world. Innovation students practice brainstorming, team-building, and planning, and then implement their solutions to real-world problems. Innovative ideas that benefit communities come in many forms—including entrepreneurial start-ups, for-profit companies, and non-profit organizations—and the Innovation Program at Drew supports them all.
Innovation students learn from a wide range of professionals, culminating in their participation in UPitchNJ, New Jersey’s statewide collegiate business model competition. In 2017-18, Drew was represented by the Service Animal Advocacy Group—who created an educational program to promote service animal etiquette among youth and in local businesses.
CE 275H/BST250H Innovation: Special Topics in Civic Engagement: CREATING ORGANIZATIONS THAT SOLVE PROBLEMS
A two-semester course sequence, Innovation enables students to think and collaborate across boundaries, building their problem-solving skills to tackle real world problems. “In this course, students can choose a topic, or a problem, that they are passionate about and work on devising a solution,” said Dr. Minjoon Kouh, Associate Professor and Chair of the Physics Department. “Some students may recognize this as establishing their own start-up company with an innovative product, and others may identify this as creating an organization for a clearly-defined social issue.” Innovation students explore and achieve real-world solutions to problems they care about.
The Center for Civic Engagement offers several fellowships and awards. Please contact the Center for Civic Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to apply.
The Mary Hepburn Civic Engagement Fellowship is awarded to a senior who demonstrates interest and experience in civic engagement. This Fellowship was established in 2013 by Mary A. Hepburn, an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts, in recognition to the value of civic engagement in the undergraduate education of the College. The recipient will devote a minimum of eight hours per week of the academic year furthering the mission of the Center for Civic Engagement. A stipend of $2500 will be awarded biannually.
The Patrick J. Grant Investors Bank Civic Leadership Award has been established by Investors Bank Foundation. It is awarded annually to outstanding students who participate in Drew University’s Civic Scholar Program and have demonstrated both dedication and exceptional contributions to community service during their years at Drew, as well as a continuing commitment to undertaking a leadership role in performing community service. The recipient fulfills the following criteria:
The fund will provide a grant of $1,000 to each recipient to support his or her planning, implementation, and leadership of a year-long comprehensive community service project which will involve Drew students and faculty, as well as representatives from Investors Bank Foundation and relevant community partners organizations.