Date: Friday March 16, 2018
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: The Space and Lounge, Ehinger Center
The event is open to all students at Drew University. Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Internships and Career Development, Educational Opportunity Scholars Program and Drew INTO. Generously funded by support from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Date: Friday March 16, 2018
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: The Space and Lounge, Ehinger Center
Students are invited to meet representatives from 35 local and national organizations and build their professional network. Look for a job, internship or volunteer opportunity from the following organizations by sector. Employer registration is ongoing, so check this site frequently for more information.
Arts by the People
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship
Education/Family & Youth
Madison Area YMCA
The Girl Scouts of Northern NJ
United Way of Northern New Jersey
Visions and Pathways (Street Smart)
Clean Water Action
Grow It Green Morristown
Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corp
Community Access Unlimited
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
Market Street Mission
Monarch Housing Associates
Morris Habitat for Humanity
On Monday January 15, Drew’s on-campus celebration of Dr. King began with a lecture by Dr. Traci C. West, the James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies. We will celebrate the stories of Civil Rights activists like Fannie Lou Hamer, Septima Clark, and Bayard Rustin whose contributions have been essential to civil rights victories since the 1960s. Dr. West’s lecture discussed narratives and action stories of Civil Rights activists whose contributions are not often mentioned, but whose life work left an indelible mark on the direction of the Civil Rights Movement.
On Tuesday January 16, students, faculty, and staff joined efforts in a Day of Service in Dr. King’s memory. The Center for Civic Engagement planned on and off campus service opportunities throughout the day to benefit Drew’s local communities. Off campus service projects included building affordable housing at Morris Habitat for Humanity, sorting donations at Market Street Mission Thrift Store and making ready to eat meals at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
On campus service projects were held in the Ehinger Student Center in the afternoon. Projects included assembling hygiene kits and school supply bags for hurricane relief efforts, knitting hats for the homeless, decorating pillow cases for school children, writing letters for Amnesty International, and creating valentines for senior citizens.
On October 12, Drew University Center for Civic Engagement and Monarch Housing Associates, Inc. hosted a public policy forum on the housing crisis at Drew University. Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer prize winning author of Evicted, and Senator Cory Booker led a discussion on eviction in the US and in the state of New Jersey. “Eviction is not just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause too,” Desmond said. “We can’t fix poverty without fixing housing. Without a stable shelter, everything falls apart. Shouldn’t access to affordable housing be part of what it means to be an American?” In New Jersey, one in every six tenants experience an eviction. It’s the second most common cause for homelessness in the state. “This is not a problem bigger than us in the country,” Booker said. “We have the capability to solve it.”
The Center for Civic Engagement in partnership with the Center for Internships and Career Development and the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations hosted the Civically Engaged Alumni Networking Event on November 1, 2017. This event was an opportunity for Drew University students in their junior and senior years to meet alumni who have continued to serve their communities in their professional or personal lives. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive. One student said, “Thank you again for allowing me the incredible opportunity of attending the Civics Alumni Networking event yesterday evening. I had a fantastic time and made many outstanding connections. My experiences yesterday offered such an eye opening perspective to not only different networking skills, but also a different perspective of the professional world as a whole.”
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. The 2017 schedule is listed below. Check back soon for updates!
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”
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
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
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
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”
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”
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 email@example.com for more information.
Saturday April 22: Fern Fest
Ehinger Center and Tolley/Brown Halls
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”
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.
FilmBoot24 is a Young Filmmakers Weekend Bootcamp & Film Festival during the weekend of March 23-25, 2018. This program is a collaboration of community educators and artists that focuses on at-risk students. On Friday, high school students from Orange, NJ, will be transported to Drew University and matched in teams with Drew students, staff and faculty, along with professional writers, filmmakers and artists who will act as mentors. Each team will have 24-hours to produce a short film, based on a theme assigned to them. On Saturday, teams will shoot, edit and fine tune their work. Judges will review submissions and select finalists on Sunday morning, with awards to be presented later in the day at the film festival and screening.
Want to participate or learn more? Fill out this registration form.
Students from all three schools are welcome to register. Please note that there will be a required information session, scheduled for Tuesday March 13 at 6 pm in EC145.
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