What to Expect

Year Four

  • Enroll in CE 350: Senior Civic Workshop
  • Complete your Senior Civic Project and present it at the Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards Ceremony in April
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of service benefiting communities beyond Drew’s campus each year (at least 50 hours completed while classes are in session at Drew)
  • Achieve a deep understanding of an issue or problem from both a community and academic perspective
  • Graduate with a strong practical skill-set that enables you to plan and execute effective action informed by a significant knowledge-base
  • Graduate with Civic Honors!

Senior Projects

Senior Civic Scholars work all year to develop their senior civic projects, which build on the experience and knowledge they have gained over the past three years as Civic Scholars at Drew. Seniors present their projects at the annual Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards Ceremony, part of Community Action Week at Drew.  Just a few examples of recent projects are listed below.

Middle School Science Fair

Saif Yasin, C’17, organized the Middle School Science Fair in March, 2017. The major goal for this project was to change the conversation surrounding science for these students. Commonly, many STEM events focus on interesting but clichéd aspects of science. What is often ignored is the process of discovery inherent within science. This project’s goal was to support hypothesis-driven science projects to nurture middle school student curiosity. Drew mentors worked with over 80 middles school students to develop their projects. Faculty from Drew judged the projects and award a $500 check to the winner.

Songs for Smiles

After volunteering for two years at Morristown Medical Center, Brianna Donofrio, C’17, felt that there was a great need to help support patients with pediatric cancer. For her project, she planned Songs for Smiles, a benefit concert at Drew for Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown. The event  featured student ensembles (vocal and instrumental) in the Drew Music Department: Choral Union, Chorale, Orchestra, Jill Spurr Titus Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and all three a cappella groups, Mad Ave, All of the Above, and On a Different Note. Regardless of your musical taste, there was something for everyone ranging from classical and jazz to contemporary/popular music.

Child Homelessness

More than two million U.S. children face homelessness every year according to a report by Covenant House. Alex Slotkin, C ’17, raised awareness about child homelessness in the broader Drew community of Morris County. Drew students decorated cupcakes after donating money to support Visions and Pathways (formerly Street Smart Outreach). Representatives from the organization came to the event to share information and recruit volunteers and interns for next year.

Seasonal Food Advocacy at Drew

Kasey Dolan, C’16, worked with the Urban Farm to educate students and community members on local, seasonal diets. She created business cards that have seasonal fruits and vegetables on them so people can keep them handy when shopping. She also brought 15 volunteers to Grow-it-Green to volunteer during Community Action Week, improving their personal knowledge of local, fresh foods. Students cleared beds and picked early spring vegetables.

Child’s Play

Christine Marten, C’16, organized the first Child’s Play Video Game Tournament at Drew. The tournament’s goal was to raise money for Child’s Play in order to purchase toys on the wish list for the Children’s Special Hospital of Newark.  Organizations on campus and from other colleges in the area came to participate in the tournament which featured several games being played at once. Christine’s project was the recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Program.

Women on Film

Gabi Bisconti, C’16, partnered with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) to produce Women On Screen, a panel discussion focusing on the roles of women both in front of and behind the camera. This panel raised questions about contemporary roles for women in the film industry predominantly, while touching on stage as well. The purpose of the panel was to increase interest on Drew’s campus for women involvement and empowerment, while providing information to college students on how to get involved and either pursue a career in film, or increase visibility for women of all races and sexualities. The panel also explored the roles of women of color in the industry over the years, and the outlook for the years to come. Money was raided  for NYWIFT, so that they can continue their great work for women in the industry from all walks of life.

Restoring the Wetlands of the Madison Recreation Complex

C’16 Marie Czirbik’s project supported restoration of a small New Jersey forest within the Madison Recreation Complex trails. The forest that this project is focusing on is a freshwater wetland, but it is heavily disturbed. It is filled with invasive species, lacks many of the animal species native to wetlands (such as amphibians and macroinvertebrates), and is recovering from a history of human use and dumping. Marie mapped the natural rivulets and drainage points found throughout the fores to help in understanding the natural flow of water the area once had. She also helped to create vernal pools (seasonal pools) based on these rivulets with the hope of aiding in the return of wetland species.