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Action Team 2017/2018

ActionTeam2.5meetSpring 2018 Action Team (left to right)

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:

  • Continued development and promotion of the Cortland Cupboard campus Food Pantry
  • The Regional Voter Education Project
  • ICE Publicity; newsletters and social media
  • ICE Promotions; events and special initiatives


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.

                                      John Suarez, SUNY Cortland.web

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.                                         

Facilitator Training

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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.

State of Poverty Simulation

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125 participants filled the Corey Union Function room, during the State of Poverty Simulation

ICE Action Team Interns participated and helped to facilitate the State of Poverty Simulation

EBT_b_e.SOPS             Participants visit EBTEBT_e.SOPS for Food and Nutrition Services


    Many households would not have food without EBT


Deliberating over how to stretch a meager budget

        DSS,left and Pawn Shop,right_e.SOPS  Participants line up at DSS and at the Pawn Shop

Cortland Cupboard

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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.


Deliberative Dialogues           

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.

Dialog.5general63 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.


Compass Program


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.  

End of the year - Leadership Award Reception


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