Carnegie Foundation Designation

In 2010, NSU earned the prestigious, elective Carnegie Foundation Designation as a Community Engaged Institution in both categories: “Curricular Engagement” and “Outreach and Partnerships”.  Click below to learn more.

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Number of Community-Based, Collaborative Projects

Fiscal Year 2014 – 2,244

Fiscal Year 2013 – 1,893

Fiscal Year 2012 – 1575

Fiscal Year 2011 – 1159   

Nova Southeastern University is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is a part of the South Florida Metropolitan area, one of the fastest growing regions of the country.  With over 1.7 million people, there are many faces to Fort Lauderdale, from the beautiful Blue Wave-certified beaches, to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, to Nova Southeastern University’s renowned Museum of Art- Fort Lauderdale, and to attractions for all segments of the population. Nova Southeastern University has a proud history of service to our community. Below is an article by USA Today highlighting NSU’s commitment to the people that call South Florida home.

NSU rated one of 20 Colleges Nationwide Committed to Community Service

Nova Southeastern University (Nova) learned in July 2011 that it was rated one of the top 20 colleges in the nation committed to community service by BestCollegesOnline. View the entire article by visiting USA Today Online

Request Volunteers

If your agency is looking to request volunteers, we encourage you to visit the "Community Partners" information area at the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. There you will find information on student learning as a result of their volunteer experience, roles and expectations, as well as information on student reporting of volunteer hours.

Community Outreach Programs and Services

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By Academic Center

  • Cervantes Award for Hispanic Educators
  • Florida Fund for Minority Teachers
  • Teacher of the Year Events
  • Teacher Preparation Advisory Committee

E-Mail: Jessica Rodriguez at or call (954) 262-8602.

The Psychology Services Center offers services to children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients through the following specialty clinics:

  • ADHD Assessment and Consultation and Treatment Plan
  • Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program
  • Anxiety Treatment Center
  • Biofeedback and Health Psychology Center
  • Behavioral Neuroscience Summer Camp
  • Child, Adolescents, and Family Services
  • Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program
  • Family Violence Program
  • Healthy Lifestyle Guided Self-Change Program
  • Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Center
  • Neuropsychology Assessment Center
  • Nova Southeastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults (NCCOA)
  • NSU OCD and Related Disorders Clinic
  • Program for the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
  • Psychology Assessment Center
  • Psychology Graduate Student Talks
  • School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions Clinic
  • Tedx NSU
  • Trauma Resolution Integration Program

Students provide mental health services in a variety of agencies throughout the tri-county area, including hospitals, community mental health centers, forensic settings, and student counseling centers. Moreover, student organizations provide outreach locally within the South Florida community, as well as internationally in locations such as South Africa and Central and South America.

Contact: The College of Psychology at: or (954) 262-5783

The College of Health Care Sciences strives to provide professionals with the skills necessary for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and disability in order to assure optimum health conditions in the community and beyond.

In light of this mission;

  • The Physician Assistant Program hosts outreach activities in rural and urban communities in Florida such as Clewiston, Davie, and Belle Glade, as well as international missions in Peru and Guatemala.
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy students treat developmentally challenged children.
  • The Doctor of Audiology students and faculty provide;
    • hearing evaluation and hearing aid fitting services as part of the Healthy Communities services for the athletes that participate in the Special Olympics.
    • participate annually in fundraising for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and participate in the Vision Walk. 
    • "Lunch and Learn" seminars on contemporary topics of hearing, hearing loss, amplification and communication to the community
  • Sonography students and faculty participate in health fairs to include
    • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) through Health Care Fairs in Florida including “Boomers and Beyond.”
    • Faculty and students participate on the Inter-professional Diabetes Education and Awareness (IDEA) Initiative
    • Students participate of community service initiatives via personal proposals through SGA on a yearly basis.

The Physician Assistant Program hosts outreach activities in rural and urban communities in Florida, as well as in Peru and Guatemala.

Physical therapy and occupational therapy students treat developmentally challenged children.

The Audiology Clinic provides hearing and balance services to the community.

Contact the College of Health Care Sciences or call Guy Nehrenz at (954) 262-1213.

The college improves dental care for underserved patients by offering training programs in communites with diverse populations.

Contact the College of Dental Medicine or call Diane Ede-Nichols at (954) 262-7378.

Contact the College of Medical Sciences or call Dr. Edwin Murdock at (954) 262-1337.

The Nova Southeastern University, College of Nursing supports community activities, engaging both faculty and students in meeting the needs of communities in central and south Florida regions. The College of Nursing has online student across the United States and abroad. These students participate in community projects close to home. In the fall semester (2012) 179 undergraduate students provided 8,884 hours of service to the medically underserved in 3 counties and 18 community sites.

The College of Nursing provides services to the community in partnership with agencies and organizations to serve diverse populations.  Nursing’s partnerships include but are not limited to:

  • A Day for Children
  • Baptist Health Care System
  • Broward Health
  • Broward Regional Health Planning Council
  • HOPE South Florida
  • Lee Memorial Health System
  • Lifenet for Families
  • March of Dimes
  • Memorial Health Care System
  • Noble McArtor Adult Day Care
  • REACH Fair
  • Relay for Life

Contact the College of Nursing or call Mary Ellen Mitchell-Rosen at (954) 262-1998.

The Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry supports community activities by engaging faculty, staff and students in addressing the visual health concerns and those issues that affect visual health of communities in south Florida and in the world.

Through The Eye Care Institute at NSU, the College of Optometry provides quality low cost eye care services to the community serving diverse populations at five permanent clinic sites in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Fourth year clinical externs provide care at 59 clinics across the United States and one in China.  Optometric physician residents rotate through 12 sites in the region.

Students and faculty provide humanitarian vision care in underserved areas in developing countries through three organizations—the student chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (sVOSH), the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO), and the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA).

Teams of volunteers from the College actively participate in delivering visual health information at health fairs, health talks and other events. Volunteers support advocacy and raising awareness for visual health-related issues by participating in fun walks and fund-raisers in solidarity with those impacted by visual impairment and health related concerns.

Examples of 2014-2015 community partnerships:

  • Mourning Family Foundation - Zo's Family Health & Wellness Groove
  • Special Olympics Opening Eyes/Healthy Athletes
  • InfantSee®
  • NSU A Day for Children
  • Seussfest at Alvin Sherman Library
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness VISION WALK
  • Optometry Giving Sight World Sight Day
  • Lighthouse of Broward
  • Kids in Distress, Inc.
  • Fort Lauderdale Lions Club
  • Walk Now for Autism Speaks
  • American Heart Association Heart Walk
  • Memorial Healthcare Systems
  • North Broward Hospital District
  • Holy Cross Hospital and Medical Group
  • Children's Services Council of Broward
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Fort Lauderdale Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Southwest Focal Point Community Center
  • Broward 4-H
  • Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
  • American Cancer Association
  • Macula Vision Research Foundation
  • Stranahan High School
  • Dillard High School
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • PBS KIDS (WPBT Channel 2)
  • WPLG Local 10 News
  • ChampionShips, Inc./City of Miramar
  • NOSA inter-disciplinary health mission to Jamaica
  • FCO optometric mission to Jamaica
  • sVOSH optometric humanitarian mission to Belize

Contact the College of Optometry or call Janet Leasher, O.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.O. at (954) 262-1456.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine lives an active commitment to community service and advocacy for the health and welfare of diverse populations, including the medically underserved.  The following is a sample listing of our community partnerships where students, faculty, and staff participate:

  • Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward
  • American Red Cross
  • Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Programs
  • Broward Partnership for the Homeless
  • Broward Regional Health Planning Council
  • Camillus Health Concern
  • Camp Boggy Creek
  • Community-Based Medicine Training Programs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • High School Experience Days and Early Immersion Programs
  • Henderson Behavioral Health
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Lifelong Learning Center
  • Light of the World Clinic
  • Lighthouse of Broward County
  • Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP)
  • International medical  outreach trips to many countries
  • Miami Coalition for the Homeless
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
  • Rural and  Underserved Clinical and Public Health Services
  • Student-Led Outreach Programs
  • The Florida Coastal Geriatric Resources, Education, and Training Center (GREAT GEC)
  • United Way Reading Pals
  • Women in Distress

Read the latest THE GLOBAL CONNECTION | NSU-COM International Medical Outreach Newsletter.

Contact the College of Osteopathic Medicine or call Stephanie Petrosky 954-262-1597 or email

The college holds forums that provide information on medications to area seniors, helping them better understand prescription drugs and their side effects.

Specialized clinical training programs, course requirements, and College of Pharmacy student organizations provide service to the community in partnership with the following agencies and various health educational opportunities and screenings:

  • A Day for Children
  • Alzheimer’s Walk
  • Back to School Family Health Fair
  • Bone Density Screening
  • Boomers and Beyond
  • Clothing Drive for Syrian Refugees
  • CommunityFest
  • Crohn’s & Colitis Walk
  • Epilepsy Walk
  • Feria De Salud Health Fiar
  • Florida Introduces Physical Activity (FLIPANY)
  • Feeding South Florida
  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Go Red For Women
  • HIV education and awareness programs
  • Hendry Glades Community Health Fair
  • Immunization awareness programs
  • Interdisciplinary Health Screening
  • Let’s Talk Mental Health Awareness Festival
  • Kick For a Cause
  • Medicare Part D education series
  • Miami Dade Heart walk
  • NBC 6 Health and Wellness Expo
  • National Association of Mental Illness
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Poisoning Prevention Among Children
  • Project Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
  • Publix Health Screening
  • Reach Health Fair
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hopsital
  • Walgreens Diabetes Walk
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club Diabetes Health Fair
  • Walk to Stop Diabetes
Contact the College of Pharmacy or call Elizabeth Shepherd at (954) 262-1314.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to promoting lifelong learning in our classrooms and laboratories, as well as in the community. The college provides diverse opportunities for community members to attend our informative and cultural events, as well as engage with our students and faculty in educational or service-oriented activities. In addition, our students regularly participate in academic activities that provide them with hands-on training while they serve members of the community and support the efforts of professionals locally and around the world.

  • Faculty Lecture Series: Hear our faculty members speak on their areas of expertise in research, the humanities, the arts, and social sciences.
  • Performing and Visual Arts programming: Community members are welcome to attend our season of musical, theatrical, dance, and visual art productions.
  • Internships: Through academic internships, students gain hands-on training while serving various governmental, research, health care, social service, and arts organizations.   

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families in need. The Department of Justice and Human Services partners with community agencies to engage in community-based applied research in the areas of reintegration for returning veterans and their families, gerontology, child welfare, and developmental disabilities. In addition, the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities (ARSH) conducts critical research in the areas of substance abuse, health risk behaviors, and health disparities among vulnerable populations

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences or call Alina Gonzalez at (954) 262-8405 or e mail at

The College of Engineering and Computing hosts and supports community outreach events in the South Florida region meeting the needs of local IT professionals and the senior citizen community.

  • Douglas Gardens (Senior Living Facility) Computer Training
  • Cyber Security Awareness Month Special Events
  • South Florida Agile Association
  • Ranger Good Works
  • IT Palooza – Toys for Tots

Contact College of Engineering and Computing or call Monica Paneque at (954) 262-2002.

The Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship supports community activities by engaging faculty, staff and students in addressing concerns and issues that affect the communities in south Florida businesses as well as the world.

  • American Society for Quality
  • Broward County SCORE Mentoring
  • Broward Schools DECA Competition
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Castle Cares Toy Drive
  • Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Miami-Dade Social and Economic Development Council
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Challenge
  • Rotary Youth Exchange
  • Supply Chain Industry Management
  • Town of Davie Budget Committee
  • United Way Reading Pals
  • Wild Horse Tales Literacy Project
  • Young Supply Chain Management

 e-mail or call Terrell Manyak at (954) 262-8091.

NSU's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) is a multidisciplinary demonstration and professional training center for education, research, and the advancement of knowledge in early childhood, parenting, and autism across the life span.  Through our community outreach activities, theoretical concepts are demonstrated and translated into meaningful teaching practices for professionals and provide supports to early childhood centers in high-risk communities.

Recent outreach partnerships have included:

  • Early Learning Coalition of Broward County- Outcomes Driven Training
  • A.D. Henderson Foundation Healthy Beginnings Two-
  • Bank of America Play Together, Learn Together-
  • School Readiness and Early Learning (SREL) committees
  • Jack and Jill Children’s Center-KaBoom
  • Children’s Services Council and Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
  • U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with Broward County Public Schools Early Reading First
  • School Board of Broward County and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Early Learning Coalition
  • Museum of Discovery & Science
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Broward County Public Libraries
  • Dan Marino Foundation
  • Autism Speaks

Contact the Mailman Segal Center or call Jamie Mayersohn at (954) 262-7113.

  • Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
  • Guy Harvey Research Institute
  • National Coral Reef Institute
  • Save Our Seas Shark Centre

College of Natural Science and Oceanography or call Alcee (Jody) Hastings at (954) 262-3663.

The NSU Shepard Broad College of Law supports community activities by engaging faculty, staff, students, and alumni in addressing the needs of our community.  Shepard Broad College of Law is uniquely situated to address the legal needs of our community by assisting, educating, and promoting equal access to justice.  Through our community outreach activities, our law students are able to bring theoretical concepts coupled with academic knowledge to practice in real world settings. Shepard Broad College of Law supports law students and encourages them to engage in meaningful opportunities within the legal community, specifically through:

  • Civil and Criminal Field Placement Clinics;
  • In-house Clinics, including:
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic,
    • Children and Families Clinic,
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic, and
    • Veterans Law Clinic;
  • The Pro Bono Honor Program;
  •  Service-Learning Classes;
  •  Career Development Programs; and
  •   Student Organization led initiatives.

By fostering a sense of community engagement, it is our hope that our graduates will develop a lifelong commitment to using their education and skills to contribute to the public good.

Contact the Shepard Broad College of Law or call Jennifer Gordon at (954) 262-6126.

Instilling a sense of personal and civic responsibility in students is something University School takes seriously. Our students learn the value of helping others, and you see that spirit at work at every age level. From packing goods for earthquake victims, writing letters to those serving in the armed forces, or collecting toys for underprivileged children, University School students and faculty put their hearts into helping others.

At University School, we recognize the importance of being a responsible and contributing member of our community. In fact, to graduate, Upper School students must earn 100 hours of community service. However, for most of our students, that service becomes much more than a graduation requirement. Last year's graduating class devoted over 100,000 volunteer hours during their high school years.

Partnerships in community outreach include:

  • American Heart Association
  • Broward Feeding Cooperative
  • Debbie’s Dream
  • Garden of Eatin
  • I Care, I Cure
  • Irma Wesley Childhood Development Center
  • Kidz Corner
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Kiwanis International
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Sawgrass Nature Center
  • Women in Distress
Contact the University School of NSU or call David Spangler at (954) 262-4452.

By Administrative Department

Contact Advancement and Community Relations or call Sharon Esler Sullivan at (954) 262-2144.
Contact the Alvin Sherman Library or call Harriett MacDougall at (954) 262-4606.

The NSU Department of Athletics, it’s student-athletes, staff members and administrators participate and partner with various community groups to provide support to those in need, fulfilling the philosophy of being an NCAA Division II member institution as well as one of the fundamental core values of the university. Below is only a partial list of the many community activities NSU athletics is involved in.

  • Broward County Special Olympics
  • H.A.N.D.Y (Helping Abused, Neglected, and Disadvantaged Youth)
  • Miracle League World Series
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Jack and Jill Children’s Center Toy Drive
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Toy Drive
  • International Coastal Cleanup

Contact NSU Athletics or call Brian "Keith" Smith at (954) 262-8261.

Contact Business Services or call Vor Akers at (954) 262-8859.
Contact Enrollment and Student Services or call Eva Goldstein at (954) 262-7454 or Marilyn Johnson at (954) 262-7457.
Contact Facilities Management or call Maria Lemme at (954) 262-8940.
Contact Finance or call Elizabeth Guimaraes at (954) 262-5271.
Contact Human Resources or call Renee Loforte at (954) 262-7881.
Contact Institutional Effectiveness or call Barbara Packer-Muti at (954) 262-5398.

The mission of NSU Art Museum is to provide exceptional opportunities to access, learn from and be inspired by the highest level of visual artistic expression throughout time and from around the world, and to engage a wide audience by offering diverse and innovative exhibitions, dynamic education and public programs, and by developing an exceptional collection, and fostering original research and intellectual inquiry.

In addition to our international exhibition program, the Museum offers lectures and art talks, visual arts performances, book discussions and book signings, wine tastings, art classes, education programs for children ages 5-10, etc.,  to Museum members and the community.  Some of our community collaborations include:

Bank of America

Broward County Cultural Division

Business for the Arts of Broward

Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus

Glimmerglass Festival

Venetian Arts Society

Contact the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale or call Adrienne Chadwick at (954) 262-0241.

The regional campuses serve students in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa and Puerto Rico.  All campuses are staffed by full-time employees and are equipped with SMART classrooms, state-of-the-art computer labs, videoconferencing facilities, and other technological advances.

NSU’s regional campus staff, faculty and students are interested in partnering with local organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve.

Contact the Regional Campuses call Tom Schwaegerle at 954-262-8885.

Contact Translational Research & Economic Development or call Roxana Ross at (954) 262-7517.

The Division of Student Affairs offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to engage in community involvement both on and off-campus. Examples of involvement opportunities includes: service trips, connections with local community partners, service-based student organizations, Hunger Banquet, and much more.  Additionally we offer a variety of leadership development programs focused on emerging leaders and continued development of leadership skills.

Contact Student Affairs or call (954) 262-7195.

Contact University Relations or call Julie Spechler at (954) 262-5348.

By Outreach Programs and Community-Based Research