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Center for Civic Engagement

Join the Center for Civic Engagement

Students across all disciplines from the University with a passion for nonviolence, social justice sustainability, the democratic process, building bridges with the community and thinking globally are encouraged to join CCE.

Students involved with the Center for Civic Engagement have the opportunity to build competencies in:

  • Forming and strengthening groups, networks, and organizations
  • Developing leadership, team-building, and organizational skills
  • Defining, planning, and implementing activities that promote civic engagement
  • Promoting conflict resolution and social transformation
  • Fostering connections within and between communities

Here are the ways you can get involved:

Volunteer: A CCE student volunteer has the opportunity to work on CCE on-campus events (Day of Dialogue, Earth Week, etc.) and with our local community partners in a less formal arena. Our volunteers are not required to complete a specific number of hours or take on a specific number of responsibilities. Becoming a volunteer is the best way to initially join the Center for Civic Engagement so you can get to know all our projects and goals. To become a volunteer with the CCE, you are welcome to simply attend our weekly student meetings. Our weekly meetings and our official Facebook page is the most efficient way to get plugged in!

Intern: A CCE student intern is the next tier of involvement. During the fall semester, both undergraduate and graduate students can receive between one and four credits for academic internships with CCE-affiliated community partners. Where possible, upon arrangement through CCE, the internship can count towards a minor in civic engagement (CCE 110), another minor, or your major. If a student is interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact CCE Co-Director Aashish Kumar at Aashish.Kumar[at]hofstra.edu.

Fellow: A CCE student fellow has the opportunity to work on CCE on-campus events (Day of Dialogue, Earth Week, etc.) and with our local community partners in a more formal, structured way. Our fellows are expected to complete a specific number of hours (10-12 hours a week) and to take on a specific number of responsibilities. To become a fellow with the CCE, students are encouraged to fill out our CCE Fellow Application. Fellow applications are accepted for the fall and spring semester. This fellowship is paid and positions are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Graduate Assistant: A student graduate assistant is the highest tier of involvement with the CCE. There are two GA positions within the CCE, an on-campus position and an off-campus position. GAs  are expected to work up to 20 hours a week. This graduate assistantship is paid and may off some academic credit reimbursement. Graduate assistantships last one academic school year (fall/spring). Applications are accepted over the summer (summer 2014 for the fall 2014 school year). To apply for a graduate assistantship, please contact CCE Co-Director Aashish Kumar at Aashish.Kumar[at]hofstra.edu.

Students can also minor in civic engagement:  The Center for Civic Engagement offers a minor in Civic Engagement, requiring 18 semester hours, where students develop the skills needed to facilitate community involvement, public advocacy, and community building.