Upcoming Events

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. at Drew University

Drew University will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life of service over two days: Monday, January 16 and Tuesday January 17.

Monday, January 16, 2:00 p.m HS-4: Screening and Discussion of Freedom Summer

This 1-hour documentary highlights the work of the civil rights movement in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters–in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death. Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in this historic effort.

Following the film will be a series of faculty and student facilitated discussion groups. Refreshments will be served.

This documentary and the discussions that follow it launches the “Drew Freedom School Project” that will continue throughout the semester under the direction of Dr. Kesha Moore. The Drew University Freedom School Project, patterned after the free schools for African Americans of the Civil Rights Movement, will promote informed conversation and provide practical tools in order to further social equity and justice within marginalized and oppressed communities.

Contact Professor Moore for more information at kmoore@drew.edu.

Tuesday, January 17: Day of Service

Drew faculty, staff and students will answer the call of Dr. King’s enduring question: “What are you doing for others?” by participating in off-campus and/or on-campus service opportunities to benefit Drew’s local surrounding communities.

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Off campus service projects throughout the morning at various times. Drew will provide transportation to and from the off-campus service opportunities for anyone who needs it. Service projects will take place at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Morris Habitat for Humanity, Market Street Mission Thrift Store, and the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Register here for off-campus service. Space is limited, so sign up now! Priority deadline Friday, January 13.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. On- campus service projects in the 1867 Lounge and The Space. No registration required. Projects include:

  • Stuff a Sock with Toiletries, sponsored by the Drew Staff Association, to benefit the Morristown Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center
  • Decorating Pillow Cases, sponsored by Student Government, to benefit Morristown Neighborhood House
  • Handmade Books for Pre-K, sponsored by the President’s Office, to benefit the Salvation Army, United Way and Neighborhood House
  • New Neighbors School Success Project (school supplies) sponsored by the CRCC to benefit the International Rescue Committee
  • Book Drive for At Risk Youth, sponsored by the MAT Program, to benefit Visions and Pathways

In addition, the historic speech that Dr. King made at Drew University on February 4, 1964 will be broadcast throughout the EC.

Contact the Center for Civic Engagement at engage@drew.edu.

We hope that you’ll join us and participate in some or all of these programs as we commemorate Dr. King’s life and work!

Past Events

American Elections: The Challenge of Dark Money and Voting Machines

October 20th, 2016

The Network for Responsible Public Policy hosted a lecture and Q&A on the topic of  American Elections: The Challenge of Dark Money and Voting Machines.
NetworkForResponsiblePublicPolicy-300x126The speakers discussed distinct challenges to the fairness and security of American elections and  how the integrity of our American electoral process is being challenged from both outside and inside the voting machine.  When large sums of dark money are funneled into state or local elections by special interests having an immediate economic stake in the outcome, the impact on state legislation and regulations can be even more influential than at the federal level. The speakers also discussed how the majority of voting machines in use today are perilously outdated, and their potential security and reliability flaws create significant risk of machine failures or loss of data.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

Commencement

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Decorating Pillowcases

January 18th

Students, professors, administrators and staffers at Drew University spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day building homes, sorting donated clothes and packaging toiletries for the homeless at community partner sites in the area. Back on campus in the EC, students made Valentine’s Day cards for patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital, decorated pillowcases for students at Morristown Neighborhood House, and collected clothing for the homeless. As they worked, the sound of King’s voice filled the room, as Drew’s radio station replayed the “American Dream” speech he gave at Drew in 1964.

Alternative Spring Break

March 6th-12th

Drew students traveled to Harlan, Kentucky for a week-long Spring Break trip. The goal of the trip is to deepen students’ understanding of Environmental Justice. On the trip, students learn about mountaintop removal and the ecological, cultural and economic significance of mining in local communities. The trip includes a civic engagement/community service component. Trip Leaders for 2016 are Summer Harrison, Assistant Professor, English & Environmental Studies, Marc Boglioli, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Phillip Salter,Graduate Student, Theology.

Alternative Winter Break

January 3rd-9th

This year, Volunteer Resource Center worked with the St. Bernard Project, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This program has focused on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans since 2006.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Drew University held a food drive in the month of October to benefit Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains.

Civically Engaged Alumni Networking Event

Drew University alumni proved again the valuable connections they help make for our students at last night’s very first Civically-Engaged Alumni Networking Event! Alumni attending shared their career and personal experiences with Drew juniors and seniors, providing numerous examples of how they have made civic engagement, philanthropy, and community service a core part of their lives and identities. Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Drew University Career Center and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

D4D on the Road

Debating 4 Democracy was led by professional trainers from Wellstone Action. As a Project Pericles initiative, D4D is a high-energy workshop for novices and seasoned activists alike. Students an community organizations learned to have an impact on pressing social issues that matter to you. They practiced concrete skills including strategic planning, power mapping, grassroots organizing and getting your message out.

Be Jersey Strong

Be Jersey Strong is a grassroots movement to train and mobilize students to speak with the uninsured, encouraging and educating them on healthcare options.

Teach For America Presentation

Teach possibilities…create choices! Become a TFA fellow in 2016 and close the achievement gap in America. All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits; federal student loans deferred. Juniors: Learn about TFA’s paid summer internship. Meet TFA’s Drew liaison, Nick Diaz. For more information and to apply, visit Teach for America.

2015 Orientation Day of Service

All First Years were invited to join us on a service trip to America’s Grow-a-Row AGAR grows and harvests fresh, healthy produce that is donated to food pantries and soup kitchens all over the state. They also provide free farmers markets in food desert areas.

Civic Scholar Fall Retreat

Our new First Year class of Civic Scholars, enjoyed the company of their fellow Civics and took part in a service event to benefit one of our local community partners.