Worcester State University
Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement


Make a Difference Day: October 26th

Please join The Office of Residence Life, Theme Semester, The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, The Office of Sustainability, and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement in this celebration of helping neighbors.  This year, the Center for Social Innovation is joining us — and Millions of volunteers from around the world — who will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day / Worcester.  WSU Teams will:


¨ Plant bulbs on WSU’s campus

¨ Beautify the Grounds of Chandler Magnet School

¨ Work with the City Manager’s Clean Team


Study Group Report on Civic Learning and Engagement
The Study Group on Civic Learning and Engagement: Preparing Citizens

The Study Group on Civic Learning and Engagement, led by Mount Wachusett Community College President Dan Asquino, has been meeting continuously since October 2012 and has now finalized its work. The Study Group made substantive recommendations in response to the Department's charge, a copy of which is posted on Links of Interest here. The Board of Higher Education is asking for your comments and suggestions by October 25, 2013, so that we can revise the document as necessary prior to its review by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Higher Education on December 3, 2013, and subsequently by the full board on December 10, 2013. Please contact Mark Wagner with any questions. x 8635.
Alternative Spring Break to Managua Nicaragua
For the 8th year, CSLCE is again teaming up with The History Department and International Programs to sponsor the Alternative Spring Break to Managua Nicaragua. WSU students enroll in HI 230 Nicaragua, US and the World and Earn 3 LASC credits while traveling to Nicaragua during Spring Break. DEADLINE for applications is Tuesday, October 1.  Applications are now available in The International Programs Office (Admin 159), The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SC322), and The History Department (s-327). Return applications to Dr. Aldo Garcia-Guevara (S-327), Katey Palumbo in the International Programs Office (Admin 159), or Dr. Mark Wagner, Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, (SC 322) – Phone: 508-929-8635. Questions? Contact this year's Student Leader for the trip: Cynthia Romero cromero1@worcester.edu 
RFK Children’s Action Corps

RFK Children’s Action Corps is seeking our help to
refer students into their Evaluation Period, which is full time work throughout the coming summer at RFK’s residential treatment center in Lancaster. The Evaluation Period provides students with experience and an opportunity to decide, if they wish, to formally apply for the Fellows Program beginning in Fall 2012. The Fellows Program is a credited, year-long social services internship. RFK will accept up to four students for the summer and two students for the Fellows Program.

For information, contact Dave Tivnan at 617-438-7154 or

Civic Engagement Conversation

Please join The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement on May 16th, from 2:00 - 4:15, in Sullivan 122 for a discussion with Corey Dolgon (Stonehill College), John Reiff (UMass Amherst) Lisa Wark (WSU) and Suzanne Bugilone (WSU). Some framing questions for discussion include:

  • If the university community as a whole took civic engagement seriously, what concrete changes would you expect/want to see in five years at Worcester State University?
  • What -- if any -- are the barriers to civic engagement that would have to be overcome?
  • What are the resources already in the university community that could be drawn upon?
  • What would be the first steps that could be taken in the coming year, and who would have to take them?
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