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Action Team 2018/2019

Institute for Civic Engagement Action Team Interns, 2018-2019

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Left-to-right, back row:  Julianna Santamaria, Alexandra Galus, Austen Johnson.

Front row:  Ryann Hudson, Callan Klasek, Kristie Roth, Connor Vick, and Matthew Dorazio.

Absent:  Saynyenoh Warner, Rachel Gillman, and Sara Coyle

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.

ICE Action Team Projects 2018/2019

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The Action Team’s spring 2019 I Learned by Doing Sandwich Seminar.  Left to right: Austen Johnson, Ryann Hudson, Alexandra Galus, Saynyenoh Warner, Callan Klasek, Julianna Santamaria, Sara Coyle, Matthew Dorazio, Rachel Gillman

Constitution Day Events

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Political Science Professor Tim Dulane, presented on "Freedom of Speech on the College Campus".

Constitution Day 2018_Dialogue_D2Allison King, President of the Cortland League of Women Voters, moderates a discussion with a group of students and faculty at a Deliberative Dialogue titled "Where Have All the Voters Gone?"


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Other groups discuss the issues and listed out important points of discussion. Action Team members served as moderators.

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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.

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Encouraging Political Engagement and Voting


Interns set up and tables throughout campus to registers students to vote in the 2018 elections.

 Signup  Interns Alexandra Galus and Austen Johnson register voters.

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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 a board for students to share their thoughts.



Town Hall Events

Congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi speaks at a campus town hall event.

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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 Bitterbaum, with Laura Scagnelli, 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.  

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Working to support the Community

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Delivered to the kitchen of Cortland Loaves and Fishes; Left front to back; Lauren Scagnelli, Cortland Cupboard Board President, with other Cupboard board members, Reverend Rachel Ditch of the Interfaith Center, John Suarez Director, Institute for Civic Engagement, and at right Saynyenoh Warner, ICE Action Team Intern, and Natasha McFadden, Associate Director of the Cortland Fund.

Addressing Homelessness

Erik.Callie.Wilcox 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.           

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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

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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

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 The event was orchestrated by a team of four individuals from SUNY Central.

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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.

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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.

Fundraising for the Community

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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


Dialogue from 30 April 2018 dialogue (this one on ways of reducing gun violence) A Deliberative Dialogue on Gun Violence.


A deliberative dialogue on Extreme Weather Events.


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Action Team Intern Austen Johnson, (left) moderates a debate on Immigration as Mike McDonough, President of the Republican Club on campus, makes a point


A debate on the Environment

Whistleblower Discussion

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Julia Ganson, a senior program officer at the Government Accountability Project, participated in a discussion on Whistleblowers with Bill Veit, SUNY Cortland's Risk Management Officer.  ICE Action Team Intern, Alexandra Galus, moderated the discussion

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Panel Discussion

Barriers to Election Success

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Cortland City Court Judge Elizabeth Burns, Johnson City Trustee Ben Reynolds, and Cortland County Legislators Ann Homer and Kelly Preston offered their insights and advice on campaigning for office

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Action Team Intern Austen Johnson acts as moderator to the panel discussion.

Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards Reception

Erik.Ryann.LCEAAction 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

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The ICE Action Team with President Bitterbaum at the 2019 Leadership in Civic Engagement Awards Reception