At NYIT, community service aims to provide meaningful opportunities for students to volunteer their time and energy in response to voiced community needs. We value projects that are mutually beneficial to the community and that enhance the educational mission of the University. We encourage sustained partnerships that provide reliable resources to the community and that challenge our students to grow intellectually and emotionally through involvement in complicated social issues. We believe that effective community service is based in sincere motives to listen and respond to the needs of the community; constant movement toward social justice; shared purpose; and attention to community strengths and human dignity.
The student-managed Community Service Center (CSC) promotes, facilitates, and organizes community service for members of the NYIT community, especially students within clubs, organizations, and athletics. The CSC strives to respond effectively to needs identified by community agencies by empowering and uniting the campus to effect social change through direct service. In promoting service, the Center aims to support a lifetime commitment to social justice within the student body.
CSC Project Coordinators
are current NYIT undergraduate students who:
serve as ambassadors of NYIT.
liaise between campus and local community.
document and register all student related community service activities on campus.
assist student clubs and organizations to find and complete community service hours.
Interested in volunteering?
Tell us about yourself and what you'd like to do.
Are you an Old Westbury student organization planning a future service or volunteer project?
Complete this online form to have your event approved by the CSC and Student Activities. If you already completed a project, report it below.
Contact the Community Service Center:
Dyesha Durm, Student Assistant Director
26 West 61st Street, Room 228
New York, NY 10023-7692
Old Westbury campus:
Thulani Ngazimbi, Graduate Assistant Director
Salten Hall, room 3
P.O. Box 8000, Northern Blvd.
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Programs We Run
Take Action Series
Create positive real change by letting your government representatives know what's important to you. At least once per month the CSC identifies important issues affecting our citizens and helps NYIT students, faculty, and staff contact their representatives through letter writing campaigns and signing petitions.
Annual Toy Drive
Donate to the Annual Toy Drive benefitting the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center. Donate toys [link to flyer] or money that will be used to purchase toys by visiting the CSC in Salten Hall, room 3 (Career Services). We are accepting donations through December 14th, 2012. For more information contact the CSC.
Each fall CSC staff assists students, faculty, and staff update their voter registration or cast absentee ballots.
The CSC has connections with non-profits on Long Island and in the 5 boroughs. CSC staff will help students find placements for their service-learning course requirements. For faculty, CSC staff will identify appropriate organizations to choose from for each course syllabi, facilitate the partnership among the faculty member, organization, and students, and assist with orientations and reflections.
Chat Partners Program
NYIT is home to nearly 1,400 international students representing over 106 countries, and one of the greatest challenges they face is getting acclimated to American culture and the English language. The Chat Partners Program was created to help both international and domestic students become more culturally sensitive while practicing their conversational English.
Campus Conversations provides an opportunity for students to gather with faculty and staff and reflect on important issues of today. The series kicked off in Spring 2011 with a discussion on the nuclear crisis in Japan, led by Professor Stanley Greenwald, chair of the Environmental Technology department. Have a hot topic you want to discuss? Send your ideas to the CSC.
Volunteer and Civic Engagement Orientations
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -Aristotle
Many students pursue a college education to ensure career satisfaction and financial stability. Though these are both valid pursuits of higher education, the Community Service Center was established to encourage students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve social problems. Volunteerism is a terrific to supplement your college education while becoming a responsible global citizen. Visit your campus Community Service Center to get a schedule of upcoming civic engagement seminars and volunteer orientations to learn how you can get the most out of your college experience!