Our Vision—for Our Students and Our Community
To help prepare them to become tomorrow's Stewards of Placeˡ, the Office of Civic Engagement’s primary vision is for every Ithaca College student to have the opportunity to substantively engage in community problem solving—through a progressive offering of volunteer/community service opportunities, Service Learning courses across the curriculum, federal work study jobs, and community-based internships—while on their unique path towards engaged citizenship, and the ability to evaluate the political landscape and make informed decisions about their participation in our democracy.
While striving to serve as a model of best-practice, the OCE also envisions transformative and reciprocal relationships between students, faculty, staff, and community-based organization members that leverage community assets to address community challenges.
While serving as an intellectual incubator and socially responsible partner in advancing civic learning and democratic engagementˡ, the Office of Civic Engagement facilitates the development and coordination of curricular and co-curricular community partnerships and activities including Service Learning courses, volunteer community service initiatives by students and student organizations, and all areas of institutional community access.
The OCE serves as a resource to assist faculty in defining Service Learning objectives, in developing collaborative programs with students, faculty, staff, and community partners, and in rigorously assessing the educational benefits of volunteerism and Service Learning activities for both our students and community partners.
Our Strategic Goals
The OCE was created as part of the IC 20/20 strategic vision. Its goals are to:
- Support and advance civic engagement through both volunteerism and Service Learning to move students toward more engaged citizenship.
- Coordinate volunteer and Service Learning activities with community partners in ways that maximize the value of IC civic engagement for our community.
- Encourage students to move up the “ladder of civic engagement” from occasional volunteer service to a consistent engagement rooted in deep understanding of community needs and the role of citizen leaders in improving the quality of life in their community.
- Develop assessments of the impact of civic engagement both for students and our community partners.
ˡA Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future http://www.aacu.org/crucible
Meet the OCE Leadership Team
- Laurie Worrall currently serves as the Executive Director of OCE, while continuing in her statewide role as Executive Director of New York Campus Compact
- Patricia B. Spencer, Assistant Professor of Writing and Honors Civic Engagement Coordinator, currently serves as the Faculty Director of Service Learning
- Don Austin, Assistant Director of Community Service and Leadership Development in OSEMA, currently serves as the Community Service Liaison