2015-16 Events


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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.

2014-15 Events

Spring Wrap-Up

We will be honoring our graduating seniors, presenting their Civic Honors certificates and celebrating with cake and ice cream. We’ll also hear from our rising Juniors about their senior project plans, and everyone will take part in a few other important activities.

Graduation Day

Congratulations Class of 2015!

Off-campus Service Trip

Join community partner, Grow it Green Morristown, to prepare the Urban Farm which feeds Morristown district school children and the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Resume Drop-in

Civic Engagement Awards & Showcase

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.

Earth Day; Non-Profit Career Fair

Are you looking for employment, internships, or volunteer opportunities within a nonprofit or government organization? Do you want to meet and network with representatives from great organizations? Join us at Drew Univeristy’s FREE Community Service and Nonprofits Fair.

Art Exhibit: Mellon Art and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence Valerie Hegarty’s “Campus Cutouts”

Dam Nation film screening

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

Campus Clean Up

Drew Environmental Action League’s annual campus clean-up

Alternate Spring Break Recap

A common hour event with students who attended to Alternate Spring Break Trip to Harlan, Kentucky.

Fern Fest

The annual Reforestation of the Drew Campus was a day long celebration with fern planting in the morning, workshops after lunch, and music in the evening.

What works and How (do you know)?

We all know that setting goals and measuring our progress towards them is important to our individual and collective ability to succeed. Often, though, we do not know where to start or how to measure our progress. This workshop provides participants with information and tools for effective project evaluation. Topics covered will be evaluation as planning, measuring success, learning from failure and tools for program/project evaluation.

Planning to Action

This workshop introduced tools and approaches to planning commonly used in organizations of all kinds (businesses, non-profits, community groups, etc.). Participants practiced using these tools, as well as other skills needed for effective planning and execution of projects and activities. Topics covered were planning, meeting facilitation, determining values and purpose, SWOT/environmental scan, and means and ends- getting to impact.

Working in Teams

This workshop explains how to work with teams and the benefits of working with a team, provided participants with a greater understanding of cross cultural communication and stereotypes. The workshop will provide the tools to conflict resolution along with team building. Topics covered will be group dynamics, active listening, expressing disagreement, and honoring diversity.

Civic Scholar Holiday Brunch

Come celebrate the holidays with fellow Civic Scholars and to celebrate the end of another semester.

Alternate Spring Break Mountaintop Removal Trip Info Session

Come learn more about mountaintop removal in Harlan, Kentucky. This information session will include an explanation about mountaintop removal and the environmental impacts it has on the community as well as a synopsis of what to expect on the trip.


Students came out helped spread the word about the impacts we have made on our environment and support the change we can make to save it! This event was hosted by the Drew Environment Action League, and was co-hosted by the ECO-reps and the Volunteer Resource Center.

2014 Civic Scholar Retreat

Our retreat this year includes a service trip this year 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. We will meet at 12:00 in the EC for a brief meeting and then head out. We will be returning to campus before 5:00.

2014 Orientation Day of Service

Spend some time with fellow Civic Scholars and new Drew Friends at one of several off-campus service activities.

2013-14 Events

Spring Wrap Up

All Civic Scholars will come together to celebrate their many accomplishments this year in the program. We will pay special tribute to the twenty members of the Class of 2014 who will be graduating this year.

Relay for Life

Colleges Against Cancer hosted Relay for Life again this year at Drew!

The Millennial Challenge: Policy and Intergenerational Dialogue

The League of Women Voters of Morris County along with the The Center for Civic Engagement at Drew, Dr. Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom’s Public Sociology Class and Dr. Lisa Brenner’s Senior Theater Capstone, will host a policy discussion and intergeneration talkback about the Educational and Healthcare issues shaping the choices and opportunities facing Millennials. The forum is in conjunction with the play “Too Big” (April 23rd-26th at Drew) which is based on student interviews with Millennials throughout New Jersey and depicts their struggle to find meaning, identity and place in the American landscape. Event details here.

9th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Morristown Neighborhood House hosted the Hispanic Heritage Celebration to honor individuals of Hispanic descent who have made valuable contributions to all aspects of American life including leadership in public service, business, the arts, education and civil rights

Orientation 2013 Day of Service

The response to Civic Engagement’s Day of Service for First Years was overwhelming. We filled the bus to Grow A Row with 48 students, and had 14 help out with the weeding and mulching at Cornerstone’s Day Care Center in Madison. 200 lbs of green beans were harvested by 48 of Drew’s First Year students at America’s Grow A Row in Pittstown NJ. Grow A Row provides fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and food desert areas all over the state. Way to go Drew C’17!

Food & Farming: Discussion with local, young farmers

Come hear from local farmers about their business practices and how you can get involved with food and farming! Ask the farmers questions. Find out how they got started and how their farm benefit from the communities they serve benefit from social responsibility

Community Organizing & The Power of Relationships– How to Create Broad-Based Power for the Common Good

Michael Stanley, Community Organizer, Metro IAF

This is a fascinating workshop designed for students who are eager to learn how to change their communities and the world for the better–by learning how to build power and effect change around a particular issue. Michael Stanley has been the organizer with Empowered Queens United of Action and Leadership (EQUAL), an affiliate of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation. These organizations help citizens and aspiring citizens to gain power and make positive changes in their communities and beyond. Participants will learn about how to be an effective community organizer by analyzing power relationships in a community to identify and influence decision makers, and how to build collective power using those relationships (www.equal-iaf.org)

KIVA and Future Directions in Social Media

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of KIVA

Inspired by her experiences on an undergraduate study abroad program in Uganda, CRCC-Barer Visiting Fellow, Jessica Jackley conceived and co-found KIVA, a pioneering on-line micro-lending site. Kiva.org now facilitates nearly $350 million in micro-loans annually from 800,000 individual lenders to empower over a million people in 220 countries around the world by allowing them to improve their lives through entrepreneurship.

Grants Research & Writing

Judith Grey, Government and Foundation Relations, Drew University

How grants from corporations and foundations really work, and the elements of a successful corporate and foundation relations program. An overview of proposal writing including how to write a proposal, budget preparation, and grants resources and searchable databases to help identify potential funders. The follow-up once a grant is received, and trends in corporate and foundation funding. Skills that can be used for a lifetime!

Understanding Group Dynamics

Elizabeth Fehsenfeld, Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Humanities, Drew University

What do basketball and string quartets have in common? Teamwork! This workshop will share the core tenants of group dynamics. Participants will learn two communication approaches to forming a group, working with a group and what to do when the group starts to fall apart… Essentials of group dynamics apply to anyone who has ever participated in a group project.

Cultural Competency: Working with Diversity

Oscar Robles, Civic Engagement and Development, Citizen Schools—Newark.

The ability to work effectively with people from different cultures and backgrounds is crucial to success in an increasingly diverse society. This workshop helped participants understand how perceived differences affect relationships. It helped them create successful environments for diverse groups and gain comfort discussing cultural differences.

Leadership Forum: How To Be An Effective Leader

Robert Franco, Assistant Director, Seton Hall Career Center

This highly interactive workshop explored all aspects of leadership, including the benefits and challenges of what it means to lead and be led. Participants learned how to model leadership behavior that responds to the needs of followers and helps them accomplish goals, and better understand the importance of leadership as it relates to moving people and organizations to higher levels of performance.

Meetings that Work

Dorothy Meaney, Director of University Planning and Assessment, Drew University

This workshop helped provide techniques in planning and running more effective meetings. Students learned about the seven types of meeting goals, agendas that get results, how to encourage productive participation, and tips for dealing with common meeting problems.

Drew Day of Service at Union Beach

Drew staff and faculty traveled to Union Beach, New Jersey, to assist with their recovery efforts. The Center for Civic Engagement organized what we hope to be the first of several Drew Days of Service to assist our Union Beach partners.