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New Partnership Supports Long-Term Service Learning Initiative in Ecuador

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017
Ecuador service-learning trip volunteers working on community tourist site to welcome visitors to a local sacred site.

Ecuador service-learning trip volunteers working on community tourist site to welcome visitors to a local sacred site.

The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE) and the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs developed a partnership over the last year to develop a long-term relationship with the Tandana Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Ecuador, to develop a series of rich, service-learning experiences for our students. A long-term service-learning program in Ecuador aligns well with the mission of the Lampert Institute and allows Colgate University to expand its offerings in Latin America, a locale currently underserved in our international programs. We plan to send two groups of 10 students and two faculty each year. We envision that the focus of the group will change from year to year, depending on the needs of the local communities and the academic interests of the group leaders. Read more


Max Shacknai COVE and Upstate Institute Increase the Impact of Joint Work-Study Program

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017
SOMAC Ambulance Corps volunteer demonstrating intervention on a fellow student.

SOMAC Ambulance Corps volunteer demonstrating intervention on a fellow student.

In the fall of 2015, the Max Shacknai COVE and the Upstate Institute joined together with local community agencies to offer paid internships to federal work-study–eligible students leading to lasting community outcomes and offering students who may not have the option to volunteer time at a nonprofit organization the opportunity to gain professional and leadership skills. This year we increased the number of internships to seven, more than doubling the program. Seven students worked with six community organizations: Partnership for Community Development (PCD), Town of Hamilton, Fiver Children’s Foundation, Southern Madison Ambulance Corps, Village of Hamilton, and Waterville First. This program allowed students interested in gaining a deeper experience in nonprofit administration hands-on, long-term, in-depth work. Projects provided capacity building assistance to the organizations with which we partnered. One student helped to write a policy and procedural manual for SOMAC, while another enhanced the organization’s social media presence. Students working with the other organizations provided data analysis and technology assistance to increase communication and evidence-based decision making for their organizations. We saw several win-win outcomes to this program in the first year and aim to continue to grow the program in future years to offer more internships. Read more


Student-Community Partnerships Experience Success

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

The Max A. Shacknai COVE advises 39 student-led, community-based volunteer teams. These teams cover a wide range of issues and help students build an abundance of skills. Approximately 650 students — representing about 23 percent of the Colgate population — participate regularly on a volunteer team. This year, volunteer teams performed a total of more than 23,000 hours of service in the local community.

Service outcomes of ongoing projects include:

  • Tutored more than 250 local school children at all grade levels
  • Mentored more than 195 school-aged children
  • Provided after-school enrichment activities to an additional 75 local children
  • Improved academic and social confidence of children they tutored and mentored
  • Improved SAT scores of 60 local high school students by 100 points on average
  • Assisted more than 150 elderly and low-income adults
  • Served more than 800 individuals at the soup kitchen and food cupboard
  • Assisted in responding to more than 800 fire and EMS emergency calls
  • Contributed more than 500 hours responding to the Victims of Violence hotline
  • Provided care to more than 800 shelter animals
  • Contributed to a cohesive, caring community

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Alternative Break Trips Deepen Student Learning

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017
Habitat for Humanity alternative break volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity alternative break volunteers.

The Max A. Shacknai COVE continues to offer opportunities to deepen student understanding of complex social issues by providing immersive experiences in environments very different from those available in the local community. Students participate in a series of preparation and reflective activities to create a rich learning opportunity. Alternative break trips are not discrete one-week experiences. In addition to committing to a work-intensive week, students are responsible for attending predeparture meetings that introduce the participants to the community and organization with which they will be working and the critical issues with which they will be dealing.

Students who participate are civically engaged and interested in effecting sustainable local and global change through a continued commitment. In total, 55 participants in these programs contributed more than 2,500 hours of direct service to these communities this year. Read more


Providing Support for Continued Community-Based Learning

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

Increasing the Impact of One Student’s Study Group Work
This spring we were able to support a student who was asked by the community where she participated in a Colgate study group to return to expand on the work she did in the fall of 2015.

That fall, as part of her community-based learning work during the Santa Fe Study Group, Alia Davis ’18 spent each Tuesday and Thursday at the Keres Children’s Learning Center. KCLC is a Montessori school that focuses learning in Keres, Cochiti Pueblo’s original language, and blends Cochiti’s traditional systems of education with the Montessori model. As part of the work for KCLC, Davis completed a short video that enabled the founders and teachers of the KCLC to express their intentions, goals, and love for the school in their native language and highlighted just some of the beautiful moments the KCLC fosters for their use and to promote to the community. KCLC invited Davis to complete a second film for them with interviews that focus on the parents, community elders, KCLC’s teachers, and Dr. Joseph Suina, one of the founding members, and former governor of the pueblo. Davis returned in May to begin work on the second video, which she will finish up in the fall of 2017. Read more


Max Shacknai COVE Continues to Contribute through Signature Programs

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

First-Year Orientation Outreach Program
The COVE sponsors a four-day pre-orientation service opportunity for first-year students called Outreach. Outreachers work in small groups on a variety of community projects designed to assist local organizations and agencies with their significant efforts.

This year, 10 upperclassmen led 21 first-year students in service experiences throughout the Hamilton and Utica communities. After each day of service, students reflected and discussed what their service experience might mean for their impending four years at Colgate. Overall, the program contributed more than 400 hours of service work in the short three-day span.

COVE Brown Bags
COVE Brown Bags are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and are a means by which COVE teams seek to increase knowledge and activism on issues related to their service work in the community. These luncheons, which take place weekly in the COVE lounge, highlight a wide array of topic areas. This year, we hosted 15 events. Read more


Common Good Network Enriches Career Options

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

Joining with alumni affairs, career services and advancement, the Common Good Professional Network continues to grow and offer many networking and development opportunities for students and alumni. Two key initiatives saw great success again this year.

Be the Change Weekend
We welcomed eight alumni back to campus for our second annual Be the Change: Careers for the Common Good Symposium. The symposium focuses on building alumni-student relationships and advancing careers in the common good sector, which includes nonprofits, education, government, and other enterprises for social good. Read more


Max Shacknai COVE Supports Professional Preparation in the Common Good

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

Levine/Weinberg Fellowship
The COVE selects students annually for the Levine/Weinberg Endowed Summer Fellowship. This fellowship provides highly qualified students, interested in pursuing a career in community and/or public work, with summer internship funding in the field of direct community service. This year’s recipients are:

Sonali Byrd ’19 interned with Revolve Impact Los Angeles this summer, building on her interest in working with underprivileged youth around the Los Angeles area to help keep them in school, out of trouble, and on the path to success. The organization aims to break the cycle of oppression and inequality that many young students of color find themselves trapped in. Byrd worked with the Schools Not Prison branch of the organization, where she dealt specifically with teenagers to help ensure their acceptance and presence in colleges rather than prisons. Read more


Max Shacknai COVE Recognizes Outstanding Contributions

By Contributing Writer on October 12, 2017

The Max Shacknai COVE exists through the efforts of individuals. During the course of the year, we have had a number of opportunities to recognize the work of others.

Dean’s Community Service Award
This award is given to the most worthy individual, residential unit, or group at Colgate that, through the preceding year, has given significant service to the local community. This service exemplifies an understanding that we are part of a larger community and that volunteer service and civic participation are part of the responsibility of well-educated women and men. Natalie Pudalov, Caroline Correia, and Maia Dinsmore were awarded the 2017 Dean’s Community Service Award. Read more


Max A. Shacknai COVE Honors Legacy of MLK with Afternoon of Service

By Wil Stowers on February 3, 2017

On Friday, January 27th 2017, members of the faculty, staff and student body joined the Max A. Shacknai COVE’s biannual Afternoon of Service. The Afternoon of Service which takes place in the fall is in remembrance of 9/11 whereas the one which takes place in the spring commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students volunteer at the Compassion Coalition in Utica, NY/Photo: Jourdan Kidd ’19

55 participants showed up on Friday afternoon and completed a variety of task in the Village of Hamilton and surrounding communities; these tasks included organizing, cleaning and anything else our community partners requested. Natalie Pudalov ’17 and Lauren Kozakiewicz ’17 organised the event and are extremely grateful to the students who volunteered as well as the student leaders of the Afternoon of Service. The student leaders are as follows:

Jourdan Kidd ’19 
Matt Zee ’19 
Faith Williams ’19
Lauren Kozakiewicz ’17
Laura Patak ’20 
Benjamin Hack ’18 
Caroline Boudreau ’17
Gaby Bianchi ’19 
Wil Stowers ’19

We are extremely thankful to all of our community partners for letting us volunteer and we look forward to our fall Afternoon of Service!

Friends of Roger
Community Bikes
Madison Historical Society
Broad Street Gallery
Morrisville Community Church
Baking for Friendship Inn
Compassion Coalition

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