Graduate Catalog

Programs, Projects, and Events

Located in Adrian 208 & 209, the CCSI organizes a variety of programs, projects, and events in support of its mission. The major ones (except those restricted to faculty) are summarized below.

  • Federal Work-Study Community Service Program: Students eligible for Federal Work-Study are placed in community settings, with public institutions and nonprofit organizations, where they assist in meeting the needs of disadvantaged populations.
  • Barry Service Corps: The Barry Service Corps consists of all students in Federal Work-Study Community Service and other students interested in civic learning and leadership development. This program is designed to foster civic-mindedness and promote social justice.
  • Days of Service: Students, including student clubs/organizations, engage in service with the community on designated days. These include (Barry) Founders' Day of Service, International Coastal Cleanup Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
  • Alternative Breaks: During Fall and Spring Break, students usually take trips to underserved communities in the United States and abroad, where they collaborate typically with nonprofit or faith-based organizations to work intensively on projects addressing social issues.
  • Campus Democracy Project: Students, faculty, and staff participate in this nonpartisan initiative that promotes civic learning and democratic (political) engagement.
  • Community Engagement Fair: Community partners come to campus for this annual event, offering opportunities for service and research in various communities.
  • Deliberative Dialogue Series: Students and alumni, faculty and staff, and community partners take part in facilitated forums, exploring specific social issues and working towards practical solutions.
  • Community Engagement Symposium: Students make oral and poster presentations at this annual event on the last Wednesday of March.
  • Community Engagement Awards: The University, together with community partners, celebrate community-engaged learning, teaching, service, and scholarship at this major annual event in March. The Community Impact Award is presented to students for exemplary civic engagement—including service, research, and advocacy—that has a measurable impact on the community.
  • Barry Urban Garden: This is more than a garden; it is a values-based community agriculture initiative that provides produce to food-insecure neighborhoods and experiential learning opportunities to students.