Julie Chavez Rodriguez Speaks at Drexel
On October 5, 2009, the acclaimed activist and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez spoke at Drexel to discuss her grandfather’s legacy and about civic engagement among today’s youth. Particular focus was on what college students can do to make an impact on their communities through civic engagement. This event was co-sponsored by a number of campus organizations as a highlight of Latino Heritage Month.
Give IT Volunteer Week
October 17-October 24 2009 marked the first volunteer week at Drexel. Bookended by large-scale projects, this volunteer week was designed to welcome new and returning students to civic engagement in Philadelphia. On Saturday, October 17, Greater Philadelphia Cares hosted Philly Cares Day by sending groups of students across the city of Philadelphia to refurbish schools and beautify the city. On October 18, the LeBow College of Business walked in the AIDS Walk Philly to show their support for the fight against AIDS. On October 19, the Center for Civic Engagement hosted over 30 community and student organizations for a large volunteer fair. On October 24, the week ended with a highly successful project at Morton McMichael School in Mantua, led by the Drexel University Alumni Association and the Office of Government and Community Relations, with support from the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and Drexel Athletics.
Service Leaders Summit
In the fall of 2009, the Lindy Center hosted the Service Leaders Summit. This student conference, co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development and Campus Philly, was an opportunity for local college and university students committed to service and advocacy to join, develop their skills as volunteers and advocates, and hear from social change leaders. This was the second year Drexel hosted this conference.
Learn More, Serve More
Starting in the Winter of 2010, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement began a new ongoing program to welcome community partners to campus to discuss issues of public concern and ways for students, faculty and staff to get involved. In January, the Lindy Center welcomed Bill Clark, President and CEO of Philabundance, the region’s largest food bank. In March, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was hosted to discuss their volunteer opportunities with staff and students. In May, as part of AmeriCorps Week, the Lindy Center hosted a panel of current AmeriCorps members to talk with graduating students about opportunities in post-graduate service.
Lindy Center End of Year Luncheon Celebration
On May 21, 2010, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement held its third annual End of Year Luncheon Celebration. This event recognized all of the students, staff, community partners, faculty and others that make the work of the Lindy Center a success. To learn more about the awards given at this year’s luncheon, click here