Join Worcester State's Center for Civic Engagement.
At The Honorable John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement at Worcester State University, you will connect 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 the University’s partners, and helping you to build a strong foundation in civic participation while honing your skills.
The center is dedicated to...
Facilitating joined efforts and activities 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.
Preparing students for effective democratic and economic participation that promotes healthy communities, global economic vitality, and social and political well-being.
Working 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.
Through these activities, The Honorable John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement helps Worcester State meet the challenge established by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to provide meaningful civic education and engagement to students. Their commitment enabled Worcester State 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.
Worcester State's Community Impact
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:
- Campus conditions for political learning and discussion
- Closing equity gaps in participation
- 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.
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