Community Engagement Program (CEP) is a structured course-based platform that cultivates and supports students with a passion for service, success, and self-development. CEP offers a unique opportunity to bridge traditional “classroom” education with “real world” application via direct interaction with mentors, groups, organizations, and institutions. Students who recognize the value in narrowing the gap between the “academy” and the “community,” between the university and the people it serves, will find in CEP an opportunity to develop supervised projects in areas of education, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and business.
Professor Lisa Yun (BA Yale University, PhD University of Texas) is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English. She is the author of Coolie Speaks (Temple University Press, 2008), a groundbreaking study of the earliest Chinese labor migration to the Americas. She has also written on topics of campus hate crime, cross-racial liberatory movements, and Afro-Asian cultural politics. She teaches courses with special focus on literature, culture, race, and Asian Americans and Asian diasporas. Her students have gone on to careers in law, education, public service, arts, scientific research, and medicine. More information about her can be found on her faculty website.
In Spring 2011, there was a group of 4 students that had an idea to help Broome County immigrants. This idea resulted in the creation of a 50 page paper guide of the greater BInghamton area. The guide contained information on Immigrant Employment and basic Local Resources. The four students were Raymond Eng, Mark Lim, Letian Xia and Anita Guo.
In Spring 2013, there was another group of 4 students that found the original paper guide and realized the great potential the guide had. This group wanted to modernize the guide and turn it into a website. They spend one semester collecting more relevant resources and information that covered every aspect of living in Broome County. The group of four consisted of Calli Rothberg, David Shenghong Wang, Mehjabeen Hassan and Dainn Han.
In Fall 2013, 2 member from the previous group of students devoted more of their time to carry on the project and make it reach a whole new level. They created a new guide that was no longer just on a free web service, but a professional WordPress service that had an independent domain name. The students’ passion and eagerness to learn made the website happen, despite neither of them being computer science students. The students were Calli Rothberg and David Shenghong Wang.
In Spring 2014, a group consisting of 4 members were introduced to the web guide. They realized a major flaw in the guide, it was only offered in English. Since the guides main purpose was to aid new immigrants, there was a need for the guide to be offered in more languages. Together the group was able to translate the entire web guide into Spanish, Korean and French making the web guide more user friendly. The group of 4 students consisted of Marcol Rodriguez, Stephanie Ochoa, Taehyun Joshua Yoo and Natasha Afranie.
In Spring 2015, a group of 7 members changed the way they engaged with the community and brought new aspects to the guide. These students made the guide more interactive via, written interviews, audio, videos, added a mental health section, created an app, and translated the guide into Chinese! Reaching out to the greater community and learning new skills allowed these students to get a better feel of their purpose in helping the immigrant community.
In Spring 2017, another group of 4 decided that the website needed another update. They gathered the necessary translators to make sure that the languages were as updated as were the English sections. The group updated all the English pages, making sure everything worked correctly and looked better than ever. This group also added Arabic as a new language to the website.
These people are Scott Gardener, Andrea Youngken, Kevin Jiang, and Brianna Sardone.