Student Organizations

In Community Engaged Learning at Kent State, our mission is to educate and empower students to advance social change. With this year’s pandemic posing such a challenge to all of us, we intend to alleviate some of the barriers that you as a student organization leader may face with planning and participating in community building opportunities and community service projects. 

Even in our current environment, our office offers a number of face-to-face programs for student organizations, including Service in a Flash, Days of Service, Weeks of Change, and our Campus Kitchen. 

For your reference, here is a brief explanation of each of these programs and ways in which student organizations can rely on these programs as you fill your respective calendars with experiences for your members: 

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Program

Purpose 

Student Org Possibilities 

Service in a Flash 

Small gatherings (no more than 10 people) on-campus organized around the completion of a simple, easy-to-complete service project while also getting to know other Kent State students in a safe and relaxed setting.

  • Social events for members (with individual members choosing to sign-up on their own for existing Service in a Flash events)

     
  • Co-sponsor a Service in a Flash event with CEL for your entire organization (e-mail CEL Coordinator Imani Reynolds at ireynol3@kent.edu to make arrangements)
     

Days of Service 

A collection of simultaneous on-campus Service in a Flash projects during one block of time (examples: Make a Difference Day; Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Day of Service; Martin Luther King Day of Service)

  • Social events for members (with individual members choosing to sign-up on their own for various projects during the Day of Service)

     
  • Reserve/co-sponsor a Day of Service project for your entire organization (e-mail CEL Coordinator Imani Reynolds at ireynol3@kent.edu to make arrangements; limited to 2 projects facilitated  per event)
     

Weeks of Change 

A week-long series of in-person and virtual programs, events, and projects—ranging from direct service, to dialogues and discussions, to teach-ins—that focus on making change on a specific topic or issue area. 

  • Social events for members (with individual members choosing to sign-up on their own for various events and programs during the Week of Change)

     
  • Your organization can work with CEL to plan and co-sponsor an event that is listed as a program during a Week of Change (e-mail CEL Coordinator Imani Reynolds at ireynol3@kent.edu to make arrangements)
     

Campus Kitchen 

An on-campus kitchen facility that runs on recovered food, shared kitchen space in Tri-Towers, and volunteers who want to make a difference! The Campus Kitchen serves as a food pantry for the campus and surrounding communities and also prepares meals for local social service agencies.

  • Social events for members (with individual members choosing to sign-up on their own for various volunteer shifts)

     
  • Sponsor/reserve a Campus Kitchen shift for your organization by e-mailing CEL Director Amanda Woodyard / Campus Kitchen Leader Tom Sonnanstine and making arrangements with them

     
  • Sponsor a food drive throughout the year by communicating and working with Amanda/Tom 
     

 

Finally, we also have one-time service projects and volunteer shifts related to the programs listed above that are available on our Volunteer page.

If any of this sounds of interest to you, please email Imani Reynolds, our Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning, at ireynol3@kent.edu

We look forward to working with student organizations in the Kent State community to educate and empower students as they make the world a better place!