Centers & Institutes

  • The Honorable John J. Binienda
    Center for Civic Engagement

    At The Honorable John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at Worcester State University, we connect you with volunteer and other experiential learning opportunities offered by an assortment of community partners. These are win-win-win programs—providing valuable services to recipients, expanding the capabilities of our partners, and helping you to build a strong foundation in civic participation while honing your skills.

    The center is dedicated to:

    • Facilitating collaboration among faculty, local organizations, and businesses to develop student projects and internships
    • Placing students from a variety of majors and minors in volunteer and paid positions that fulfill degree requirements, test career interests, and develop leadership and teamwork skills
    • Collaborating with other departments on campus-based initiatives like the Community and Leadership Experience at Worcester State (CLEWS) living-learning community for eligible first-year students
    • Preparing students for effective democratic and economic participation that promotes healthy communities, global economic vitality, and social and political well-being

    Through these activities, we help Worcester State meet the challenge established by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to provide meaningful civic education and engagement to our students. Our commitment enabled WSU to earn the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching in 2015 and be named a member of NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.