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.

  • 2014 & 2018 NSLVE Student Voting Rates Report

    NSLVE is a signature initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. IDHE is an applied research center focused on college and university student political learning and participation in democracy.

    IDHE researchers study voting, campus conditions for political learning and discussion, closing equity gaps in participation, and increasing student agency and participation.

    Since NSLVE’s launch in 2013, more than 1,000 colleges and universities have signed up to receive their voting rates for the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 federal elections.

    Read Worcester State's 2014 & 2018 Student Voting Rates Report

    Community Partners of Worcester State University
    Community Partners
    1800 RadiatorGreater Worcester Land Trust Riverside Community Care
    Abby's HouseHabitat for Humanity Saint Anna's School
    Ad Care Hospital of WorcesterHarrington HospitalSaint Anne's Hospital
    Advisory Resource GroupHealthAlliance Home Health & HospiceSt. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
    AIDS Project WorcesterHealthAlliance HospitalSt. Vincent Hospital
    American Cancer SocietyHealthSouth of Western MASalmon VNA & Hospice
    American Heart AssociationHerencia y Cultura HispanicasSALT Fitness Cafe
    American Red CrossHeywood Hospital and Rehabilitation CenterSeven Hills Foundation
    Ameriprise FinancialHoly Cross Sports MedicineShepard Hill Regional High School
    AscentriaHolyoke Medical CenterSherry's House
    Assabet Valley CollaborativeHorizons for Homeless ChildrenSoftware Development
    Assabet Valley RVTHSHoughton Elementary SchoolSouth County Physical Therapy
    Auburn High SchoolHudson Health DepartmentSouth Worcester Neighborhood Center
    Auburn Visiting Nurses AssociationImmigration & Customs EnforcementSouthern New England Practice Transformation Network
    Autism AlliesInfinecn TechnologiesSpeech and Language Resources
    Autism Awareness 5K and WalkInternational Chemistry TestingStand Up for Kids
    Autism Behavioral ServicesInventory Solutions Inc.Stowe Farm
    Barnstable Board of HealthITW-EFCSudbury Board of Health
    Baystate Medical CenterJewish Health Care CenterSudbury Crime Lab
    Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing CenterJumpstartSutton Middle School
    Behavioral Concepts Inc.Junior Achievementsten24 Digital Solutions
    Bercume Associates, Inc.Knollwood Nursing CenterThe Bridge of Central Mass
    Best Buddies InternationalKnox Trail Middle SchoolThe Micheli Center
    Bet Shalom and other elders in the communityL.U.K. Inc.The Moody Street Group, LLC
    Boston Medical CenterLatin American Health Alliance The Training Associates
    Boys and Girls Club of East ProvidenceLatino Education Institute at Worcester State UniversityTufts Medical Center
    Bridge of Central MA, School HouseLawrence Sasso Ins. and Financial Services Inc.Uber
    Bright Care Inc.Leicester Primary SchoolUnion Hill Elementary School
    Burgess Elementary School, SturbridgeLIfe Care Center of Nashoba ValleyUMass Medical School
    Camp SunshineLife Care Center of West BridgewaterUMass Memorial Medical Center
    Cape Cod Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterLife Care Center of the South ShoreUnited States District Court
    Carl P. Sherr & Co., LLCLoomis HouseVantage Sports and Rehab
    CCM Business SolutionsM. Love & Associates, LLCVeterans Inc
    Center Autistic Related DisordersMaloney PropertiesVITA Tax Program
    Center for Living/WorkingManna Project InternationalWachusett Mountain
    Central One Federal Credit UnionMarlborough Board of Health OfficeWachusett Regional High School
    Champagne Bookkeeping & TaxMarlborough HospitalWalden Behavioral Care
    Charter TV3Mary Ann Morse Health CareWalgreens Pharmacy
    Cheryl Cooney & AssociatesMary Rowlandson Elementary SchoolWawecus Road School
    Children of the Border (NGO), Dominican RepublicMassachusetts Humanities Foundation Wayland Public Health
    Children’s Hospital BostonMass Bay Community CollegeWDPH/CMPPHA
    City of Worcester Massachusetts Department of Environmental ProtectionWebster-Dudley Food Share
    City of Worcester- Dept of Public HealthMassachusetts Department of ProbationWest Boylston Department of Public Health
    Park and Recreation of WorcesterMassachusetts Commission Against DiscriminationWestford Academy
    Clinton Senior CenterMassachusetts State Legislature Westford House
    Columbus Park Neighborhood AssociationMcCarthy-Towne SchoolWhite House Black Market
    Community Health ConnectionsMedway High SchoolWilliams Restaurant
    Crestwood CenterMendon Upton Regional School DistrictWillow Manor
    Crohn's & Colitis FoundationMetrowest Oral Surgical AssociatesWingate at Worcester
    CrossFit Rail TrailMilbury Street Head StartWMCT-TV
    Dailybreak CP LLCMilford Regional Medical CenterWoodland Academy
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute Millbury Public SchoolsWorcester Art Museum PR Strategy
    Davis FarmlandMission in Motion / YMCA Worcester County Sherriff's Office
    Day Kimball HospitalMission of San Tome & Principe to the UN Worcester District Attorney
    DCF Worcester WestMoore Agencies of New EnglandWorcester Division of Public Health
    DCUMorton Hospital & Medical CenterWorcester Family and Probate Court
    Dedham Middle SchoolMulticultural Wellness CenterWorcester Housing Authority
    Department of Health and Human ServicesMy Pet List, Inc.Worcester Interfaith
    Department of Children and FamiliesNarragansett Regional High SchoolWorcester JCC
    Division of Public HealthNew England Center for ChildrenWorcester Magazine
    East Quabbin Land Trust OfficeNewton Wellesley HospitalWorcester Public Schools
    Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center Nipmuc Regional High SchoolWorcester Recovery Center & Hospital
    Eisenberg Assisted LivingNorthbridge Accounting OfficeWorcester Senior Center
    Elder Services of WorcesterNortheast Rehabilitation HospitalWorcester Superior Court
    Elm ParkNotre Dame Long Term CareWorcester Telegram and Gazette
    Elmwood Street SchoolOffice of State TreasurerWorcester Tree Initiative
    Emerson HospitalOlympusWorking for Worcester / Jacob Hiatt School
    Expose Yourself PR AgencyOverlook Masonic Health SystemWorcester State Foundation
    Express Embroidery, Inc.Pagano MediaWorcester State University Athletic Department
    Fairlawn Rehabilitation HospitalPakachong SchoolWorcester State University Office of Communications & Marketing
    Fairway Independent Mortage Corp.Paresky Flitt & Company, LLPWorcester State University, Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery
    Family Health Center WorcesterPeople of El SalvadorWorcester State University Human Resources Department
    Family Resource CenterPorro's Custom InteriorsWorcester State University Marketing Office
    Forest Grove Middle School/Doherty High SchoolQuad/Graphics Inc.Worcester State University Health Promotion Office
    Friendly House, Inc.Quinsigamond School Worcester State University Residence Life and Housing
    Friends of Newton Hill Raytheon CompanyWorcester State University Sustainability Office
    Friends of Van Cortlandt Park RCAP SolutionsWorcester State University Millitary Affairs and Veteran Student Services Office
    Girls Inc.Regional Environmental CouncilWorcester State University Visual and Performing Arts Dept
    Goddard School Reliant Medical GroupYes We Care Workshops
    Grafton High SchoolREMAXYOU Inc.
    Greater Lowell Technical High School/The Paul Center for Education and RecreationRFK Children's Action CorpsYWCA