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Civic Engagement Opportunities

This semester, Student Engagement welcomes two speakers to campus to facilitate workshops on advocacy, specifically different types of activism, and engaging students on how to keep the momentum going as their advocacy goes through different stages. Both speakers will be highlighting their own personal stories on advocacy, and providing a workshop-style space for students to do some strategic planning in regards to their own advocacy initiatives.

Wednesday, April 8 | 5:30PM-7:30PM | Roone Auditorium West, Lerner Hall

A disciple of famed community organizer Saul Alinsky, Mike Gecan has organized in communities coast-to-coast, including on housing issues in east Brooklyn, for over 35 years. He is lead organizer for East Brooklyn Congregations and other New York based organizations. He is the executive director of United Power for Action and Justice, a Chicago Based Industrial Area Foundation affiliate and author of Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action.

Tuesday, April 14 | 4:00PM-6:00PM | Satow, Lerner Hall

Wade Davis is the executive director of the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization that works to eradicate homophobia in professional sports. Mr. Davis speaks on his experience on what it was like to be closeted and gay in the NFL and his story has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Ebony Magazine, and People Magazine. His memoir, Interference, is scheduled to be released in Winter 2015.

Register today!

Student Engagement is continually updating this page with opportunities for students to enhance their leadership skills and engage in their communities. The opportunities are organized by the 5 Pathways to Service. We hope to create a centralized place where students can find civic engagement opportunities. However, we do ask that prior to engagement, you perform your due diligence on the organization. Check back as often as possible to discover the many ways that you can get involved.

Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3611

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.