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Civic Engagement and Community Services

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SUNY Oswego is committed to serving our community and engaging students in meaningful experiences leading to active citizenry in the Oswego community and at home. 

Civic Engagement and Community Services works to provide experiences and opportunities of growth for SUNY Oswego students through an asset-based approach.

Volunteering through Civic Engagement and Community Services programs is a great way to learn about yourself, meet like-minded people and get a head start on your career by building your resume, networking with potential employers and learning about what you love to do. Most importantly, you can make a difference in our community.

What is an asset-based model?

An asset-based approach focuses on strengths. It views diversity in thought, culture, and traits as positive assets. Teachers and students alike are valued for what they bring to the classroom rather than being characterized by what they may need to work on or lack.

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Latino Student Union helps out as much as we can because we know that Oswego offers us this amazing place, so we for sure have to give back and show them how much we appreciate what we have. 

When it came to the Discover College program, that was really interesting and really an eye-opener for all of us. It was an eye-opener for us just because we were once in the shoes of all the students who came for that program. We took a tour of the campus and listen to students talk about how amazing the campus was. Also all of us being Latino students, it must have felt good, listening to someone who is just like us.

The BOCES foundation has been a major help to us. Ever since we started collaborating with them last spring semester, it has been nothing but a great time. We are again collaborating with them in April for a charity sports event so we cannot wait for that.

Two female students smiling, sitting on a bale of hay at Pumpkinfest

"Community service is an important aspect of our sorority! We had the opportunity of volunteering at the Pumpkin Festival hosted by the YMCA. Seeing how much the community enjoyed the event was such a fulfilling experience."

A group of students holding power drills

"Students from the Hall Newman Center have been fortunate enough to work with ARISE in Oswego, helping to build and install ramps for people in the community. Students get to use power tools, learn more about their community, and put their skills to use!"

Members of Kappa Delta Phi posing next to a car decorated for Trunk or Treat

"The sisters of Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated Sorority had the pleasure of participating in Trunk or Treat. This was an excellent opportunity for the sisters to get to go out and get involved in the local community." 

vote oswego

The POL 386 Vote Oswego class is a class that has enhanced my knowledge of political participation, civic engagement, and voter education like no other class in the political science department or any other class offered on campus. It is because of the hands-on experience from Vote Oswego that has led to me becoming a more intellectually engaged member of society, thus leading me to become a more responsible citizen as a result -Austin Davis

Sisters of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority

"We volunteered at Christ the Good Shepherd Church to decorate for an upcoming Christmas party. This event was for Oswego community members with disabilities. We had a wonderful time working with community members and helping them prepare."

apo blood drive

Alpha Phi Omega thought that assisting the Red Cross in their goal to save human lives was a great way to kick off the New Year for service projects in the community and nation as a whole. All of our members had a great time working together with the Red Cross throughout the day and are excited to work with them again in the future!