A Culture of Collaboration at Middlesex Community College
Building capacity to successfully bolster efforts to engage students in the democratic process can be a significant challenge. Identifying allies already on your campus can be a key first step. This year, the Office of Civic & Service-Learning (OCSL) at Middlesex Community College (MCC) partnered with our MASSPIRG chapter for our Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote initiatives. Our partnership focused on leveraging our shared resources to engage our students in the 2018 Midterm elections by providing opportunities for students to learn about our democratic system, register to vote, and identify ways they can work to create change.
Teaching Boston History Beyond the Revolution
In Northeastern’s Center of Community Service, we take a deeper dive into Boston history with many of our students as a way to scratch the surface of Boston’s history that is not often covered in their high school US History class. We want students to understand the rich and complex history of Boston, and to think about how key historical events created the city we now inhabit. We also take the time to educate students about the history of our campus; how Northeastern grew from a small evening program run out of the nation’s first YMCA in 1898 to the global research institution it is today. We share this with students to prepare them to engage with our local communities. We want students to think critically about how historic events shaped Boston, as well as how our own institution has impacted the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.
It’s Up-to -Us at Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Community College (MCC) partnered with Up-to-Us, a national program building awareness and generating action about America’s fiscal future. The MCC team competed to create national debt campus programs. With support from Principles of Economics faculty and the Civic and Service-Learning Office, the team participated in webinars on the national debt, promotion and event management.
Lend your voice to something bigger than yourself
The 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE18), being held June 6-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, in Anaheim, California, offers an opportunity for student affairs professionals, faculty, community partners, and students, to participate in discourse around the fundamentals of democracy and gain inspiration from our featured speakers to take back to your campus community. #CLDE18 will rejuvenate your passion for activating your students to be the change they want to see in the world.
2017-2018 NASPA CCD Director’s Welcome
Incoming CCD Director, Dr. Kimberly Lowry, shares a warm welcome.
NCC Online: Mental Health & Diminishing Resources
This installment of NCC Online focuses on the current state of mental health services at community colleges and explores strategies for supporting students with student affairs and health education practitioners. As open access institutions, community colleges must be able to serve a wide range of students and provide support for their success, both academically and personally. Join us as we discuss strategies to do so, even amid budget cuts and uncertain funding.