On Monday January 15, Drew’s on-campus celebration of Dr. King will begin with a lecture by Dr. Traci C. West, the James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Hall of Sciences S4.
On Tuesday January 16, we invite students, faculty, and staff to join efforts in a Day of Service in Dr. King’s memory. The Center for Civic Engagement has planned on and off campus service opportunities throughout the day to benefit Drew’s local communities. Undergraduate students are scheduled to return to the residence halls on Tuesday, January 16th, beginning at noon. For students who would like to return to campus early to participate in these community events, you must complete this registration form. Off campus service projects are as follows:
On campus service projects will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the 1867 Lounge and The Space. No registration required. Just stop in! Projects will include assembling hygiene kits and school supply bags for hurricane relief efforts, knitting hats for the homeless, decorating pillow cases for school children, and creating valentines for senior citizens.
A collaboration of Drew University’s Center for Civic Engagement, DEAL, Office of Sustainability, Student Activities, Drew Student Government, Drew Theological School, and the VRC.
Monday April 17: Campus Clean Up: “Grab Everybody’s Butts”
Meet at the Ehinger Center
Join the Drew Environmental Action League for the annual campus clean-up.
Monday April 17: First Year Civic Scholar Project: “How to Fight Gender Inequality in the Workforce”
Screening and discussion of a student-made film about Morris County Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the workforce and provide them with the skills and resources necessary to breaking the glass ceiling. There will also be a short lecture on gender inequality, followed by volunteering opportunities to make a difference. Refreshments and cupcakes will be served.
Monday April 17: Climate Change Teach-In by Student Government
A town hall discussion surrounding climate change and its importance, where faculty members will offer opinions and answer questions from the audience on the topic.
Monday April 17: Senior Civic Scholar Project: “Immigration – Bridging the Cultural Gaps”
1867 Lounge, Ehinger Center
A discussion on the impact of being an immigrant in the US along brainstorming ideas on how both natives and immigrants can safely engage in a conversation to bridge the cultural gaps.
Monday April 17: Knitting Circle/Loom a Scarf Event
Women’s Concerns (WoCo) House/Eberhardt
Knit scarves for patrons of Family Promise. Don’t know how? Instruction provided. Tea and snacks served.
Tuesday April 18: Michael Edwards: “Social Enterprise is a Sideshow: Civil Society is the Main Event”
Michael Edwards is the author of a range of books including Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World, Civil Society and the Oxford Handbook of Civil Society. He has worked for the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, Oxfam and other transnational NGOs. Mike is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos in New York and the Editor of Transformation. Registration required and space is limited. Sign up here.
Tuesday April 18: Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center
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.
Tuesday April 18: Screening of Before the Flood
Leonardo diCaprio’s award winning documentary about climate change. Sponsored by the Eco-Reps.
Wednesday April 19: Central Ave Elementary School Garden Clean-Up
Meet in front of the Ehinger Center
With spring right around the corner, Central Ave Elementary School in Madison is asking for volunteers to help out during the spring cleaning of its gardens. Volunteers will clean out weeds and leaves as well as prune bushes within the different gardens. Besides willing to get dirty, volunteers should also be willing to work 5th grade students. Registration required and space is limited. Sign up here.
Wednesday April 19: Senior Civic Scholar Project: Empowering Peer Support – Suicide Prevention Training
This workshop led by Caring Contact will empower students to support those in mental health crises as an intermediate step before referring to counseling services, as studies demonstrate that peer support can be most effective in reducing suicidal ideation. Help begin a begin a peer support movement on Drew’s campus.
Wednesday April 19: Tie Dying “Fern Fest” Shirts
Art Club and the Drew Environmental Action League are co-sponsoring a t-shirt tie-dye of Fern Fest t-shirts that have been specially designed by a Drew student!
Thursday April 20: Theological School Community Garden Work Day
Gardens near Carriage House
Spring clean up and planting in the Community Garden. Wear comfortable work clothes. Tours also available if your time is limited.
Thursday April 20: Senior Civic Scholar Project: “Bees at Drew”
The Meadow (weather permitting)
Learn about the importance of pollinators and why bee populations are in decline.
Thursday April 20: Freedom Schools: “Street Justice: Protecting the Lives of Black and Brown Youth”
Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall
Join the Rev. Dr. Willis Johnson, the Theological School’s Vosburgh Visiting Professor of Ministry and Social Engagement, for a provocative lecture on street justice.
Thursday April 20: Senior Civic Scholar Project: “Relaxation Crawl to Benefit Crisis Text Line”
Stress relieving activities with s’mores!
Friday April 21: Earth Day Celebration
Brothers College Courtyard
Come learn about sustainability with the Drew EcoReps!
Friday April 21: Alternative Spring Break Presentation: “Mountain Top Removal”
Students will share their experiences from Alternative Spring Break to Harlan, KY where they learned about environmental justice and the effects of mountain top removal mining.
Friday April 21: Drew Forest Friday
Ecological Restoration Project: meet at the entrance to the Arboretum, at the far corner of the baseball field. Wear closed shoes, socks, and long pants. Gloves will be provided. Email email@example.com for more information.
Saturday April 22: Fern Fest
Ehinger Center and Tolley/Brown Halls
This annual reforestation of the Drew campus is a daylong celebration: fern planting in the morning, workshops after lunch, and music in the evening.
Saturday April 22: First Year Civic Scholar Project: “Native Plant Species”
Information tables will be set up to distribute information about the importance of planting native species. Potential speaker from the Native Plant Society of NJ and the Madison Environmental Commission.
Date: Friday March 17
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: The Space and Lounge, Ehinger Center
Students were able to find a job, internship or volunteer position with a non-profit or government organization. They were also able to practice their networking skills. Met representatives from 35 local and national organizations and build their professional network.
The event was open to all students at Drew University. Co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Internships and Career Development and the Theological School. Generously funded by support from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Employers attending have included (list updated as of February 22):
Education/Family & Youth
On September 29, 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.
FilmBoot24 kicked off on Friday, March 17 on the campus of Drew University in Madison NJ. This 24-hour filmmaking bootcamp was a collaboration with Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement and Theatre Department, Cinema Ed, Valley Arts, Orange School District and film industry professionals.
Orange High School students were matched in teams with Drew students and filmmaking professionals who served as mentors. On Saturday, March 18, teams had 24-hours to produce a short film, based on a pre-selected theme. The next day, Orange Preparatory Academy hosted a “Red Carpet” event, film screening and awards ceremony.
The students produced the following films:
Group 1: Solitaire
Group 2: A New Kind of Game
Group 3: All in
Group 4: My Bloody Juliet
Group 5: ARLiNE
Group 6: The Game of Life
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 on October 18, 2016. 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.”
On March 6th from 7:30-9:30 pm The Network for Responsible Public Policy will host a lecture on the topic of Free Trade Agreements in LC28 of the Rose Memorial Library.
William Milberg, Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, and Josh Bivens, Director of Research at the Economic Policy Institute, will discuss the social and economic effects of free trade agreements. The speakers will examine how those at the top of society have gained substantially from free trade agreements while many workers have been hit with low wage competition, reduced salaries, outsourcing, and unemployment. The dialogue will touch on how competition from poorly regulated economies has lowered environmental and public health protections in others. How did this happen? What changes in US trade policy and trade negation processes are needed to address these concerns?
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so register today!
On March 21st from 7:30-9:30 The Network for Responsible Public Policy will host a lecture on the topic of Climate Change and the Economy: Sorting Fact from Fiction in LC28 of the Rose Memorial Library.
The speakers will discussed the dialogue around the relationship between addressing climate change and the possibility of harming the economy. The speakers also touched on why the dialogue on the environment has become contentious, the cause of this divide, and what the prospects for our future are. The discussion then shifted to how businesses, local, and state governments can respond, as well as where New Jersey fits into a clean economy.
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Drew’s Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ESS), and the Institue for Sustainable Enterprise at FDU.
Drew students traveled to Harlan, Kentucky for a week long trip designed to deepen students’ understanding of Environmental Justice. On the trip, students learned about mountaintop removal and the ecological, cultural and economic significance of mining in local communities.
Student activities will included the following:
Recently, Drew’s visiting professor of dance, Kimani Fowlin, organized a performance and interactive dance session with residents at Morris View Nursing Home in Morristown, New Jersey. Many Drew performing arts students participated in making the program a success, and hope to return in the fall to host the program again.
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.
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
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.
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.
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.
Drew University held a food drive in the month of October to benefit Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains.
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 is a grassroots movement to train and mobilize students to speak with the uninsured, encouraging and educating them on healthcare options.
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.
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.
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.