Action Team interns develop and conduct opportunities for students to engage in activities that benefit students and the greater Cortland community. Their work is especially important in fostering civil, informed, and productive discussions of controversial issues. In addition to working with many community agencies, they also partner with students in clubs that represent a variety of political perspectives. The accomplishments that they and their partners have achieved have set “the stage” for another thought-provoking and mutually-beneficial 2019-2020 academic year.
Constitution Day Events
Political Science Professor Tim Dulane, presented on
"Freedom of Speech on the College Campus".
Other groups discuss the issues and listed out important points of discussion. Action Team members served as moderators.
Open House Events
Interns Julianna Santamaria and Ryann Hudson (below) discuss ICE projects and the benefits of civic engagement to college life and learning to visiting students and their parents at the October Open House.
Encouraging Political Engagement and Voting
Interns set up and tables throughout campus to registers students to vote in the 2018 elections.
Interns Alexandra Galus and Austen Johnson register voters.
Ryann Hudson and Connor Vick register voters NYPIRG volunteers register students to vote
Venues for Expression
ICE features an announcement board outside its office. It sometimes provides chalk and aboard for students to share their thoughts.
Town Hall Events
Congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi speaks at a campus town hall event.
Brindisi attracted a large crowd but he took the time to speak to individual students following the town hall.
The Cortland Cupboard Campus Food Pantry
Action Team Intern Saynyenoh Warner accepted a Leadership in Civic Engagement and the Don Wilcox award from President Bitterbuam, with Laura Scagenlli, President of the Cortland Cupboard Board of Directors,.The Wilcox Award recognizes those who address hunger and homelessness Saynyenoh helps to manage the pantry and also serves on the board.
Working to support the Community
Food donations for Cortland Loaves and Fishes.
Intern Callie Klasek received the Don Wilcox Civic Engagement Award in recognition of her work on ICE's Addressing Homelessness project and conducting a drive for donations.
Callie Klasek organized, promoted, and conducted a donation drive for the homeless in Cortland County.
Faculty, staff, and students donated 732 new and gently-used items to the drive.
A Deliberative Dialogue on Homelessness
Action team Interns also planned and conducted a dialogue on homelessness
Participants in the deliberative dialogue includes ICE Action Team Interns, students, and many community agency supervisors. The group sought real-life solutions to local issues of homelessness.
Got Your Back Project
The event was orchestrated by a team of four individuals from SUNY Central.
Approximately 200 volunteers gathered to assemble “comfort bags” with wellness items for people seeking help after escaping physical violence. ICE interns helped promote the event, in addition to volunteering at the event.
In addition to individual students and student groups, many campus departments(like UPD) and community agencies, like the Cortland Police Department, volunteered to help with the Got Your Back project.
Fund raising for the Community
Rachel Gillman created, coordinated, and conducted a ZUMBA fund-raiser for the YMCA’s After-School Program. The YMCA used the $163 that she raised to buy much-needed books and educational toys.
Deliberative Dialogues, Debates, Panels, and Presentations
A Deliberative Dialogue on Gun Violence.
A deliberative dialogue on Extreme Weather Events.
A Debate on Immigration
A debate on the Environment
Alexandra Galus at "Whistleblowers and Democracy" discussion
Barriers to Election Success
Johnson City Trustee, Benjamin Reynolds
Action Team Intern Austen Johnson acts as moderator to the panel discussion.
Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards Reception
Action Team Intern Ryann Hudson was awarded the prestigious Newman Civic Engagement Fellowship for her extensive work in boosting political engagement on campus.
Austen Johnson received an LCE award for his work on voter engagement and developing the GenVotes Club on campus