Our Staff

Our Staff.

A Message from the Director

“Action and experience in the world beyond the classroom are not the same as knowing, analyzing, or problem-solving in the context of research and theory. One is not more valuable than the other, but they bring different gifts to the world-gifts that complement each other.  My ideal of the liberal arts education connects knowledge with action in the service of helping communities thrive and prosper. Civic engagement at its core does exactly this. At Drew, civic engagement embodies the values of collaboration, partnership, and reciprocity as necessary to it mission.  The Center for Civic Engagement strives to generate opportunities for connecting education with practice in ways that have real and deep benefit for communities beyond Drew. I invite you to join me in our journey toward this goal.” – Amy Koritz, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

Amy Koritz, PH.D, Director, Center for Civic Engagement

(973) 408-3208 | akoritz@drew.edu

Amy Koritz is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Drew University. She is the author of Gendering Bodies/Performing Art (U Michigan P 1995) and Culture Makers: Urban Performance and Literature in the 1920s (U Illinois P, 2009). With George Sanchez, she is co-editor of Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina (U Michigan P, 2009) and has written about civic engagement in the humanities in Diversity Digest, the Modern Language Association’s Profession and elsewhere. Before coming to Drew in 2008, she was Professor of English at Tulane University where she also served as Associate Director for Community and Culture at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

As Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Dr. Koritz is responsible for setting the Center’s priorities, managing its resources, developing and sustaining strategic partnerships, leading civic engagement collaborations across the university, and communicating about Civic Engagement at Drew with internal and external stakeholders.


Amy Sugerman, Assistant  Director, Center for Civic Engagement

(973) 408-3069 | asugerma@drew.edu

Amy joined the Center for Civic Engagement in 2012. In her role at the Center, she supports the Civic Scholars Program in all its dimensions including recruitment, retention, advising and program coordination. She also develops and stewards partnerships between Drew and community organizations to provide civic engagement and internship opportunities for Drew students and for faculty members teaching community-based learning courses. Prior to this position she held two others at Drew, beginning in 2001, and former administrative posts at M.I.T. and Harvard Business School. Amy holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut.


Amy Hains, Administrative Assistant

(973) 408-3169 | ahains@drew.edu

Amy Hains is responsible for the management of the Center’s operating budget and restricted funds. She manages all the marketing efforts for the Center including their website and social media sites and helps to plan many of the Center’s events. Amy also coordinates the efforts of the work study office staff. Her background includes over 10 years’ experience in higher education administration and non-profit event planning.


Work Study Support

Kendra Polk C’18
Office Support
This position works with the office administrator in assisting in various types of support tasks for the Center for Civic Engagement.


Alcides Costa C’19
Office Support
This position works with the office administrator in assisting in various types of support tasks for the Center for Civic Engagement.


Katarina Navarro C’21
Office Support
This position works with the office administrator in assisting in various types of support tasks for the Center for Civic Engagement.


Victoria Adams C’21
Office Support
This position works with the office administrator in assisting in updating and maintaining website content for the Center for Civic Engagement’s website.