• Citizenship & Civic Engagement News

  • 2016-17 Remembrance Scholars to be honored at Convocation Oct. 28

    The 2016-17 Convocation for Remembrance Scholars, honoring 35 outstanding students from this year’s senior class, many of whom are Maxwell scholars, will be held Friday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.

    A&S Magazine: Focus on Social Science - The Maxwell School

    "Focus on Social Science / The Maxwell School."  Arts and Science | Syracuse University  Aug. - Sep. 2013: 22. Print.


    AAC&U recognizes Maxwell's CCE program for integrating civic learning

    Maxwell's Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE) program was selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as one of twenty-two departments from institutions across the country that are providing models for how to make civic learning and democratic engagement an expectation for all students who major in a given discipline.

    Adriana Curto's Trip of a Career Lifetime

    #SUDCI2014 – A Trip of a Career Lifetime By Adriana Curto, ’16 It’s been about a week since the spring breakers returned from their tropical, relaxing getaways and, although a fresh tan and sand in my bag would be nice right about now, my Spring Break experience offered something bright and golden, too. My getaway afforded different kinds of “souvenirs” but ones that I already know will last a lifetime. This past Spring Break, as a participant in the Syracuse University D.C. Immersion Program, I was given the amazing opportunity to visit different professional settings and meet with Washington D.C.’s most impressive Syracuse alumni.  I would like to extend my thanks to The Paul Greenberg House, Alumni Relations and Syracuse University Career Services, for providing all 20 of us who participated in the program with a trip to the nation’s capital that we will never forget. Unquestionably, I can say now that D.C. is one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited.  It is not only home to many national monuments and landmarks, but is also full of positive, energetic people who give D.C. a certain edge that’s exciting, appealing and electric.  On our first night there, we took a moonlight trolley tour of the monuments and I couldn’t help but spend most of the time staring at the Lincoln Memorial, observing its architecture and glowing beauty.   Heading back to the Omni Hotel, students were comparing their “selfies” with MLK and Abraham Lincoln, unaware that after one week the relationships built on this trip would last past our college years.  The schedule-tight days were busy but very rewarding, with an intinerary including, but not limited to, visits to The Supreme Court, Washington Post, Google and Capitol Hill.  At these locations, we met with prominent alumni and spoke to them about their experiences at Syracuse and how they were able to channel what they learned in college into a professional career in our nation’s capital.  On Tuesday night, our third night there, The Greenberg House hosted a Young Alumni Reception where we were able to network with recent SU graduates, ask questions and learn more about what it’s like to live and work in DC. As an added benefit this year and in addition to the networking reception, we were honored to be taken out to dinner in a smaller group setting, by members of Syracuse’s Washington D.C. Regional Council.  Along with two other students, I dined at Circa at Dupont with Anthony Noble (’99), who offered us not only insight and guidance in professional matters, but on a personal level as well. Each alumnus stressed how much Syracuse had an influence on what they are doing today and how they hold Syracuse close to their hearts.  Let’s just say there was a considerable amount of Orange Pride in each room we entered whether it was the orange and blue ties or SU paperweights on desks and tables.  Even though D.C. is Hoya territory we still paid a little visit to Georgetown’s campus, on the DL of course, but not without a cupcake from the famous Georgetown Cupcakes. This trip provided me with a whole new outlook on my college experience.  It taught me to take advantage of everything Syracuse has to offer and to explore new paths. There is no doubt that this Spring Break getaway was worth the long bus ride, which consisted of GroupMe updates and new LinkedIn connections.  My favorite souvenirs are, by far, the relationships made along the way, but I will also treasure the stack of business cards that were given to me by 20 SU alumni, with my notes written on each. I would like to thank two individuals particularly, Tracy Tillapaugh and Mary Anagnost (’86), for the time and energy they put into organizing this trip for us.  Who knows, maybe I’ll end up in D.C. after graduation! As said by the legendary SU alumnus, Ken Sparks (’56, G’61, G’64), “Opportunities show up so be prepared to go with the flow.” Read the entire article at SU Career Services Blog . 


    Alex Lynch '16 BA (PSc/CCE) featured in local media for CCE project

    For his final project in Maxwell's CCE program, Alex Lynch '16 BA (PSc/CCE) studied crime in the student-heavy University Hill neighborhood. Now, a year after graduating, he's raised enough money to put his plan in front of the Syracuse Common Council.

    CCE alumna's project helps launch reusable bag program at SU bookstore

    The initial research and leg work for SU Bookstore's reusable bag program was conducted by Elizabeth Hayes '16 BA (Geog/CCE) for her senior Capstone Project “Action Plan” — a requirement of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement’s degree. Read more.

    CCE program featured as case study in AAC&U series on civic learning

    The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recognizes the Maxwell School’s Citizenship and Civic Engagement program as a leader among programs that intentionally and successfully integrate civic responsibility in their majors and is featuring the program as an online case study.

    CCE student named first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar

    Kennedy Patlan ’18, a major in citizenship and civic engagement in the Maxwell School, has been named the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar at Syracuse University. The Engagement Scholar position was created as a part of the LaunchPad’s goal to grow social enterprise ventures across the campus.

    Daily Beast profiles '16 alum Phipps, SU Well Dressed co-founder

    Kwame Phipps, '16 BA (PSc/CCE), co-founded the Well Dressed Movement at Syracuse University to promote better dress habits and counter misperceptions. Read more about Kwame in The Daily Beast article, "How the Well Dressed Movement Demolished Black Stereotypes."

    Eric Liu: True Meaning of Patriotism

    On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, Eric Liu a Civic Entrepreneur, author, and founder of Guiding Lights Network spoke on the true meaning of patriotism, addressing the question of what patriotism really means. He took both the left and the right to task for forgetting the moral principles that give real meaning to love of country, and reminded all that we can live out the American ideal in our everyday choices. Throughout his work, Liu sends a message about the power of being part of something larger than oneself. The Citizenship and Civic Engagement students and Director and Chair Dr. Hagenloh were invited dinner with Eric Liu. Later, many other students students and staff joined in to hear his lecture. 


    Four Maxwell students named 2017 Syracuse University Scholars

    Farrell Brenner, Rachel Brown-Weinstock, Hasmik Djoulakian, and Soleil Young are among the 12 graduating seniors named 2017 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows.

    Heather Rounds Reporting from Jordan

    Heather Rounds , a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship is studying abroad in Amman, Jordan for Spring 2014 semester. In addition, Heather will be correspondent for AMIDEAST Program in Amman. We wish her safe travel and an wonderful adventure. Read about her adventures here .


    Innovation for Social Good by Lauren Braun

    On February 21st, 2014 the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement and IDEA invited Lauren Braun a social entrepreneur and president and founder of Alma Sana Inc. to speak about "Innovation for Social Good" through a videoconference. The event was open to public. Below is the a clip of the event.  


    IR/CCE student Dina Eldawy named second Marshall Scholar in SU history

    Dina Eldawy, an international relations and CCE student, has been named a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. She is the second Marshall Scholar in Syracuse University history. Funded by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship finances outstanding American students to study in the United Kingdom.

    Jessica Faunce's Journey in Togo

    Our student, Jessica Faunce , will be working as an intern with Collectif des Associations Contre l’Impunite au Togo or CACIT , a human rights law organization for the Spring 2014 semester. She was connected to CACIT through Projects Abroad , an organization that connects volunteers with projects that align with their skills and interests all over the world. Projects Abroad offered her a trifecta of her interests: Africa as the location, French as the language, and Human Rights Law as the project. We're excited about her journey and wish her many more great opportunities as such.  Read more about her adventures here . 


    Maxwell Announces New Chair Appointments for PAIA, Economics, and CCE

    Robert Bifulco, Catherine Bertini, Gary Engelhardt, and Anne Mosher received Chair appointments in their respective departments.

    Maxwell Perspective: CCE Major & Policy Studies Major

    From Maxwell Perspective... Citizenship and Civic Engagement and the Policy Studies Major At first glance, the new major in citizenship and civic engagement would seem to share a lot with another Maxwell major, policy studies. Both are interdisciplinary, nurture informed citizens, and emphasize action. But the similarities end there. Bill Coplin, who directs policy studies and who sat on the committee creating the new major, views his program as an undergraduate version of the MPA. "Policy studies is about skills," he says. "I view it as an undergraduate professional program. My students, when they go out into the real world for an internship or job, can write a report, set up Excel files, and make graphs." The citizenship and civic engagement major is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in a social science and apply it as a citizen. It's unique in its stress on both academic rigor and public affairs, says Paul Hagenloh, who directs the new major.


    Maxwell Perspective: From the Ground Up

    From the Ground Up Challenged to create a new undergraduate program that captures Maxwell’s distinctive strengths, a faculty committee selected, as the major’s focus, citizenship and civic engagement. The next question was: How do you teach those things? Back in 2010, a Maxwell faculty committee led by political scientist Robert McClure convened in response to a challenge from SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor: consider creating a Maxwell School "signature major" — an undergraduate program that would build on what Maxwell does best and draw talented students. Members of the committee represented all the departments in Maxwell, from anthropology to economics to public affairs, and had no preconceived ideas about what a Maxwell signature major might be. The task of the committee was to explore the possibilities for a new major and, if they reached a consensus, draft a proposal. Among the ideas discussed was creating an advanced-study certificate program or a specialized major, such as gerontology or urban studies, that drew on one area of expertise within the Maxwell faculty. "We batted a few of these around and thought, yes, we do that well. We do a lot of things well," recalls Paul Hagenloh, who represented the history department on the committee. "But that leaves out so many people." Read More


    Maxwell Perspective: Legacy and Change

    Legacy and Change Current initiatives to expand the citizenship program offer a reminder that civic engagement is one of the School’s trademark themes, tested and proven by time. Ralph Ketcham began teaching citizenship at the Maxwell School in 1951, when, as a doctoral student in social science, he became a teaching assistant for the course called Responsible Citizenship, or Cit 1. Thoroughly enjoying the challenges of the interdisciplinary course, Ketcham was keenly aware that Cit 1 carried on a legacy of citizenship education that extended back to the founding of the School in 1924. In fact, Ketcham's mentor, Michael Sawyer, then a junior faculty member, had taken the original Responsible Citizenship course himself as an undergraduate in the newly opened Maxwell Hall. Ketcham still teaches at Maxwell, now as a professor emeritus of history, public affairs, and political science. He recalls his formative years in Cit 1, directed in that era by American studies professor Stuart Brown. "It was really a combined course on democratic government and the responsibilities that entailed for citizens," Ketcham says. "The first half was the study of ideas of democratic government as they'd been developed in the United States, and then in the second half we switched to practical applications." Read More


    Maxwell students awarded summer research and mentorship opportunity

    Maxwell students Abigail Hamilton, Jennith Lucas, and Kelsey Scott were each selected to receive a $2,000 stipend to conduct research and other creative projects this summer under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

    Maxwell students Eldawy, Letona receive prestigious Truman Scholarship

    Dina Eldawy, an international relations and citizenship and civic engagement major, and Crystal Letona, a policy studies major, have been named as 2018 recipients of the prestigious Truman Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to 59 exceptional college juniors in recognition of their community service, academic accomplishment, and commitment to a career of public service.

    Maxwell students named as finalists for prestigious Truman Scholarship

    Dina Eldawy, an international relations and citizenship and civic engagement major; and Crystal Letona, a policy studies and communications and rhetorical studies major, have been named as 2018 finalists for the Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship is awarded in recognition of community service, academic accomplishment and commitment to a career of public service.

    Maxwell students selected as 2018-19 Remembrance Scholars

    Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2018-19 Remembrance Scholars. The scholarships were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

    Maxwell students selected for 2017-18 Fulbright awards

    Rachel Brown-Weinstock ’17, sociology, citizenship and civic engagement, and policy studies; Frederick Cieri ’17, international relations; and Hasmik Djoulakian ’17, citizenship and civic engagement, were selected to participate in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program.

    Michael Wasylenko announces plans to conclude term as senior associate dean

    After 13 years of service in this position, Mike will step down effective Dec 31, and will continue to teach and do research at Maxwell, as well as to advise the dean.

    Mosher study to examine pathways to geography education

    Anne Mosher has been awarded a $20,000 research grant by the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) for her study “Minding the Gap, Tending the Bridge,” examining pathways to college and careers for students who express an interest in geography.

    Recent grad Kwame Phipps op-ed featured on Syracuse.com

    "Syracuse housing crisis traps low-income families," an op-ed piece by recent graduate Kwame Phipps ('16 BA PSc/CCE), was featured on Syracuse.com. 5/19/16


    Student-in-Action: Brian Krumm

    Brian is interning at F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse.    He works as a researcher and analyst to expand their civic education program, the Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is an eight week program that educates Onondaga County residents about oper ations of local government and how they can inter


    Student-in-Action: Elizabeth Hayes

    Student-in-Action: Elizabeth Hayes Last semester, Elizabeth Hayes had the opportunity to intern at Syracuse Community Geography (SCG). This organization works with other non-for-profits in the Syracuse Community in need of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) assistance or analysis.  Essentially, when a non-for-profit ask questions like “Where to build the next food bank?” or “What is the safest route to have kids walk to school?”, SCG provides guidance in strategic planning. SCG will map the data and make recommendations to the find solutions. When I began as an intern, I did not yet have GIS skills so I worked under the Onondaga Citizens League (OCL) to assist with their annual study. The OCL study’s focus was on early childhood education and the benefits or disadvantages of universal pre-school. My job was to conduct my own research and support OCL initatives by reading over all the research the OCL committee had gathered then summarizing each article and finally organizing the information into a chart depending on what each study focused on. I found this experience to be tremendously enjoyable because it provided me with a chance to learn about the variety of arguments surrounding subsidized pre-K programs. In addition, my placement correlated well with my academic course work in MAX 301: Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship on a fundamental level because many of the issue SCG dealt with getting the Syracuse Community involved civically. During the semester, I had the opportunity to work with Syracuse Grows, an organization that is affiliated with SCG, on creating urban gardens throughout Syracuse. The aim of this project is to create a sustainable and healthy food source for residents as well as teaching residents how to grow and to tend their own garden. This provided me with a wonderful opportunity to actually go beyond the university campus into the city of Syracuse and first hand experience civic engagement in action. This spring 2014 semester, I have been asked back as a paid intern.  I am currently enrolled in a GIS course. This course will allow me to learn about fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, and in return enable me to start working on simple GIS projects for Syracuse Community Geography. I am very excited for this opportunity because it will provide me with even more practice in GIS and increase my familiarization of the real world application of GIS. I plan on continuing my endevours with SCG for the duration of academic career at Syracuse University. I hope to be able to bring some of my interests in other non-for-profits organizations in the Syracuse community into my internship with SCG. I am thankful for the Syracuse Community Geography (SCG) for providing with wonderful experiences and opportunities for whatever my future brings. 


    The Civic Leadership Alumni Series: Michael Cox, Nora Heaphy, & Andrew Shapiro

    Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE) Hosts First Annual Civic Leadership Alumni Leadership Series on March 27 th at the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs   Three Maxwell undergraduate alumni—Michael Cox ’08 (HST/PSC), Nora Heaphy ’90 (IRP), and Andrew Shapiro ’04 (PSC/MGT)—have been invited to speak to current Maxwell undergraduates about their post-graduation career path, and about how their undergraduate experience at Syracuse University helped them become leaders in their fields. The student-moderated panel will take place in Maxwell Auditorium on March 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm, with a reception to follow at 6:30 pm in the Maxwell Foyer.   The Civic Leadership Alumni Series provides a public forum for exploring questions about to engage in civic and political life in provocative and challenging ways. The host, the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement, aims to educate students about the opportunities and responsibilities of active citizenship and to provide creative educational pathways for future civic leaders.   About the Panelists After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in history and political science, Micheal Cox ‘08 , became a corps member for Teach for America in Brooklyn, NY. He then worked for Congressmen Maffei and Meeks providing policy counsel on various topics including: judiciary, civil rights labor, healthcare, homeland security, education, among other topics. Today, Michael is the US Department of Commerce, where he helps to develop the federal economic development agenda, promoting innovation and competitiveness and supporting regional growth and success in the worldwide economy.   Nora Heaphy ‘90 spent two years in Lesotho, South Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon her return, she moved to California and worked as an instructor for the English Language Program at UC Berkeley. She has since served as the Executive Director for Refugee Transitions, the Director of Operations for the Nepal Youth Foundation, the Deputy Director of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at City College of New York, and the Director of the Cahn Fellows Program at Columbia University. Currently as the Director of Development at InterFaith Works, Nora utilizes all of her previous experience to raise money to support the social-justice needs of Central New York.   Andrew Shapiro ‘04 is currently the Economic Development Planner for the City of Salem, Massachusetts. He manages the city’s business loan programs, business recruitment and retention initiatives, and coordination with state and local economic development organizations.  Andrew is responsible for guiding development projects through the Salem Redevelopment Authority and Design Review Board, and he coordinates all city-sponsored public art initiatives. Before his current appointment, Andrew worked for the Americans Bankers Association, the US Office of Public Policy, the Planning and Zoning Division in Manassas, VA, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles, and the Boston Office of Emergency Management.        


    The Civic Leadership Alumni Series: Rain Henderson and Scott Taitel

    Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE) Hosts 2nd Annual Civic Leadership Alumni Series on April 2nd at the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs Two Maxwell alumni—Rain Henderson ’00 (IR), ’01 (MPA) and Scott Taitel
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