Shannon Hanmer, Kayleen Driscoll, Nicole Powers, Mariah Asencio, Austen Johnson, Ryann Hudson, Kaley Decker, and Patrick Schetter Absent: Lindsey Dieumegard
The Institute for Civic Engagement got a capacity-building boost the spring semester of 2018 with the addition of nine interns, each of whom focused on one of four projects. Interns collaborated with each other, the campus, and the community to help develop professional skills while advancing the Institute’s priorities.
The four projects were:
At the start of the Spring semester, some members of the team gathered outside the offices for the Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) located in room D-116 of Cornish Hall for a group photo. The Action Team reports to ICE Director and Service-Learning Coordinator John Suarez (photo below). Community Outreach Coordinator for ICE, Cyndi Guy, also worked with the team.
Early in the semester, the Provost’s Office funded Professor Lisa Strahley’s (SUNY Broome) facilitator training for members of the team. In addition to Action Team Interns, Mariah Asencio, Kaley Decker, Kayleen Driscoll, Ryann Hudson, Austen Johnson, and Patrick Schetter, student and member of the Service Learning Corps, Connor Vick, Professor Christopher Badurek (Geography), and Alison King (President, League of Women Voters of Cortland County) participated in the training.
Action team members put their facilitator skills to use on many projects throughout the semester, but particularly at the Deliberative Dialogues and the State of Poverty Simulation.
125 participants filled the Corey Union Function room, during the State of Poverty Simulation
Participants visit EBT for Food and Nutrition Services
Many households would not have food without EBT
Deliberating over how to stretch a meager budget
Participants line up at DSS and at the Pawn Shop
Action team interns manned tables throughout the semester to promote the campus food pantry, the Cortland Cupboard. The Cupboard is operated by volunteers and supplies students with confidential assistance not only with food but with other essential items such as toothpaste, soap, and clothing.
Kaley Decker presents information about the Cortland Cupboard at a Wednesday Wellness Seminar.
The team conducted two deliberative dialogues during the semester. The first was titled "Where have all the Voters Gone?" and drew 12 participants. The Action Team Interns then surveyed students to determine the topic for the 2nd Deliberative Dialogue. 207 respondents out of 237 selected mass shootings as the topic that most concerned them.
63 people participated in the dialogue discussing the issues of gun violence
ICE Interns help to facilitate the discussions on gun violence
Interns Kaley Decker and Kayleen Driscoll share information about ICE and the Action Intern program with prospective students at an Open House.
Action Team Interns visited and assisted with the campus Compass program. Compass student mentors meet with local school kids to talk, facilitate activities, and to help with homework.
The Action Team at the annual Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards reception. Nicole Powers, Ryann Hudson, Shannon Hanmer, Mariah Asencio, Austen Johnson, Kaley Decker and Kayleen Driscoll.
Absent: Lindsey Dieumegard and Patrick Schetter