Center for Community Action and Research

Service is a major part of our organization and our school does a great job in being an immense advocate for reaching out to the community. We have been working very diligently to get involved in events that are happening around campus and in the vicinity of our school location. The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) is the office at our school to find out ways students and student organizations can get engaged in social issues, from the environment, to women’s rights, to gay marriage, to international conflicts. This organization also has many different innovative programs designed to cultivate awareness and knowledge of, as well as action and leadership in social issues.

There are opportunities both on and off campus, and for individuals with diverse interests and time constraints, which is very good for our colony because a majority of us have very intricate schedules due to our high class standings. Not only is this organization open to students, but it also invites staff and faculty at our respective school to take time out from their weekly schedules to support the cause.

These events take place at community organizations who broach a wide range of social issues. Volunteering events generally take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and can last a few hours to an entire day. In order to make all of these opportunities possible, anyone who decides to join the cause can commute to the event as a group via the New York City Metro, or CCAR funded transportation. Their mission statement is as follows: “To enrich the educational experiences of students, faculty, and staff in a manner that is consistent with our respective school’s mission to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders and citizens for active participation in the larger life of their communities, the nation, and the world.

Above all else, CCAR coordinates our respective school’s participation in several national civic engagement initiatives. Our school is a founding member of Project Pericles, a Jefferson Awards Champion, a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement designee since 2006, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The members in our colony look forward to working with these organizations very soon and will continue to do so until our organization’s name is put on the map!