How is the Lindy Center related to CIVC 101?
The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement is responsible for all aspects of CIVC 101. We oversee the curriculum, community partnerships, design of engagement experiences, and hiring of adjunct faculty and Teaching Assistants to teach the course.
How many hours of Civic Engagement are required as a Drexel freshman?
Most students enrolled in CIVC 101 can expect to spend 6 to 10 hours doing community engagement work throughout the term (volunteering, participating in community events, etc.) However, thinking in terms of hours diminishes the value of the project for both you and the organization you are serving. We generally measure engagement not in hours but in number of times students engage with the community, to ensure that they have enough opportunities to develop relationships and understanding.
What types of organizations partner with CIVC 101 to host students for engagement experiences? What if I don't like the projects selected for CIVC 101, or I am already volunteering with another organization?
The Lindy Center has long-standing relationships with many wonderful community organizations, and we are constantly adding new ones to our list as we vet the work they do and ensure they will provide students with a meaningful, safe experience. Students have a variety of experiences to choose from (issue areas that our partners address include: food access, housing and homelessness, community economic development, youth and education, animal rescue, arts and culture, and more). Opportunities also span a variety of times of day and weekends to account for student schedules.
We also offer an "Independent Service Option" for students who are already volunteering with organizations that are not existing partners of the Center. Students must apply and provide details of their Independent Service Experience and it must be approved; we provide details about qualifying experiences to students enrolled in the course.
Can I complete my hours before or after the term in which I am enrolled in CIVC 101?
No. You must complete your hours in the term that you are enrolled in the course. If you are unable to complete your service hours due to medical emergency, you will receive an Incomplete and still be required to complete the hours during the following term.