Drew Students have the opportunity to travel to Harlan Kentucky for a week-long Spring Break trip on March 5-11, 2017. The goal of the trip is to deepen students’ understanding of Environmental Justice. On the trip, students will 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.
Student activities may include some of the following:
- Service work planting trees on an abandoned strip mine site in Harlan County (Dollar Branch) and home weatherization work with Harlan Community Action Agency
- Visit to a mountaintop removal site
- Information sessions on Appalachia and mountaintop removal hiking at Blanton Forest
- Visit to the Kentucky Mining Museum and Thrift Shop
- A round table discussion with coalfield residents (KFTC, SAMS, RRENEW) and speakers
- A screening of the 1976 Academy-award winning documentary on the United Mine Workers strike in Harlan
- A show of live music and dancing at the Campbell Branch Community Center and the Summit City Lounge in Whitesburg
Applications are required and can be found here.
Travel to and from Harlan KY takes approximately 10 hours. Vans will be provided by Drew University and driven by trip leaders and students who are over the age of 21. A student fee of $250 is required. if this is a concern, please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 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 The speakers also discussed how the majority of voting machines in use today are perilously outdated, and their potential security and reliability flaws create significant risk of machine failures or loss of data.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.
The Civically Engaged Alumni Networking Event
October 18th, 2016
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. 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.”
As part of the event, Drew University was proud to highlight our participation in Women’s Entrepreneurship Week 2016 by featuring Newark-based entrepreneur Kimberlee Williams, C’95.
Kimberlee S. Williams is the chief executive officer and marketing director of FEMWORKS, an innovative and award-winning communications agency. She is responsible for rebranding Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, once a blighted neighborhood, into a national model and music destination that attracts over 50,000 visitors to the City of Newark annually. Mrs. Williams led the Newark based event planning team that produced the red-carpet premiere of “Brick City”, an Emmy award winning docu-series produced by the Sundance Channel and events for visitors of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen Mens College Basketball Tournament. The US Census, Carver Federal Savings Bank of Harlem, Brick City Development Corporation, Rutgers University Business School, New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Alliance for Digital Equality of Atlanta, have all benefited from her strategic advisement.
Ms. Williams also recently gave a TED talk about the business opportunities presented by the new “multicultural majority.”
Innovation Town Hall
September 29th, 2016
Drew’s first ever Innovation Town Hall drew more than 40 students, staff, and outside professionals for two hours of brainstorming, planning and pitching. Organized by the Center for Civic Engagement and Launch NJ, this event was intended to unleash the creativity and problem-solving skills of Drew students while introducing them to the skills needed to move from concept to implementation in the real world. Students developed and pitched a classroom security program, a political participation app, and affordable childcare solutions in underutilized spaces. The winning idea, a Drew MenU app, pitched by sophomore Brittany Grabowski, was selected by judges Judy Grey, Associate Director of Government and Corporate Relations at Drew, Kimberlee Williams, Drew alum and entrepreneur, and Carlos Abad, Executive Director of LaunchNJ.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
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
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
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.
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.