社会影响研究中心 develops pathways for students to become socially responsible leaders and citizens who are prepared to create positive change in the world.
Students involved with the Center are encouraged to become active citizens by learning about and building the capacities of their local communities. 当他们发现创造性, 有效地为他们的校园服务, 本地和全球社区, they also make valuable connections and develop professional skills and competencies.
The Center also operates the Federal Work Study program for students interested in positively impacting their communities while receiving financial support for their college endeavors.
For more information about Federal Work Study through the 社会影响中心, email the Interim Rosenberg Director of the 社会影响中心 Dr. 克里斯汀·布朗 (电子邮件保护).
The Center was launched in the fall of 2018 with a commitment to equitable education and access, 可持续性, 选民教育和参与. The Center engages students in non-profit internships, 基于社区的学习任务, 与社区伙伴一起做志愿者的机会, 以及校园公民参与活动.
在2019年秋季，该中心推出了一个 以社区为基础的联邦工作学习计划 (CBFWS) for students to earn their federal work study awards while working off-campus. Program participants can typically earn up to $3500 per academic year through placements with 宾州州立大学白兰地酒’s community partners. Students have the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience while helping to build the capacity of local schools, 非营利组织, 公共服务机构.
该中心定期举办 campus-wide voter registration and education campaigns 这包括选民登记运动, 无党派候选人指南, and Get out the Vote public service announcements featuring Penn State community members.
2020年春季，中心启动了 模拟总统提名大会 -全校范围的, 无党派, simulated presidential nominating convention and research project that involved hundreds of students, 教职员工. This new tradition will occur every four years and is designed to provide students with leadership and social opportunities, 创造一个有趣的校园新传统, 培养学生的公民能力, and increase our campus visibility in our local communities.
该中心的年度 马丁·路德·金纪念日庆祝活动 bring together Penn State students and community members to focus on acts of kindness, 包罗万象和艺术表现. 国王的遗产. This community-wide effort involves student clubs and benefits local and national 非营利组织.
In Fall 2020, the Center partnered with Student Affairs to launch the 校园食品储藏室, managed and operated by students, for students. Located at the Center on the 1st floor of Vairo图书馆, students in need can help themselves to food and personal care items.
2022年春季 校园的花园 都在中心的保护伞下. 对所有学生开放, 教职员工, the garden is a 50-feet-by-50-feet fenced-in area with more than 20 raised beds. Its mission is to expose students to gardening practices, 解决粮食安全问题, 建立课程联系, 建立社区联系, 建立校园食品系统的联系. Students can intern and volunteer at the garden. To learn more, contact Garden Manager Emily Dozor at (电子邮件保护).
The Center hires student interns to fill a variety of roles, 包括食品分发处协调员, 花园协调员, 沟通实习生, 和项目支持实习生. Interested students should email the Interim Rosenberg Director of the 社会影响中心 Dr. 克里斯汀·布朗 (电子邮件保护).
教师, staff and students also use the Center to connect with 宾州州立大学白兰地酒’s community partners. 通过与这些实体合作, students involved with the Center learn the importance of community and public service while gaining valuable educational experiences outside of the classroom.
Many of the Brandywine students who volunteer with the center opt to pursue a minor in 公民及社区参与 (CIVCM). The CIVCM minor uses a balanced program of fieldwork and classroom experience to help Brandywine students integrate community engagement into their academic and professional careers.
Brandywine students can also engage with the Center through partnership with the Community Engagement Club, a student-run organization that plans volunteer opportunities throughout the year and encourages students to develop leadership and character through community service.
For more information about the Community Engagement Club, 联系该组织的学生领袖.