On/Off Campus Service Events

Here you will find information on upcoming days of service, campus events centered on community service, and local events featured by community partners that we work with. Here is a small sampling of community service events, and how to get connected.

Shark Service Day: August 30, 2014On August 30, 85 NSU Sharks fanned out into the Fort Lauderdale community to take part in our annual Shark Service Day to kick-off the new school year. The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement partnered with the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Broward Regional Health Planning Council for a variety of different projects centered on the following identified social needs:

  • Hunger and homelessness
  • Environmental awareness
  • Animal health and protection

For more pictures from our day of service, please visit our Facebook page (link: www.facebook.com/slceatnsu)

9/11 Day of Service: September 13, 2014n September 13, 49 students and staff remembered the events of September 11th 2001 in a day of service. The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement again partnered with the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Broward Regional Health Planning Council for projects centered on community building and sustainable urban agriculture.

For more pictures from our day of service, please visit our Facebook page (link: www.facebook.com/slceatnsu)

Gandhi Day of Service: October 11, 2014On October 11, 50 NSU students took a break from studying for their midterms to honor the work of Mahatma Gandhi in our Gandhi Day of Service. In partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement offered several projects that focused on park clean-ups, supporting a beach clean-up with Kids Ecology Corps, and the Dania Beach Garden Patch with Broward Regional Health Planning Council to focus on sustainable urban agriculture.

For more pictures from our day of service, please visit our Facebook page (link: www.facebook.com/slceatnsu)

Make a Difference Day: October 25, 2014On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans take part in Make a Difference Day. This event, originally created by USA Weekend features projects designed to build community and to raise awareness regarding social issues in the communities we call home. On October 25th, 38 NSU students “made a difference” by helping with a beach clean-up with local children through the Kids Ecology Corps and by also supporting an event designed to educate children ages 8-16 through the Armchair Athletes program with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

For more pictures from our day of service, please visit our Facebook page (link: www.facebook.com/slceatnsu)

In communities and college campuses across the country, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week features events designed to engage and inform participants about hunger and homelessness locally as well as globally. Highlights of the week include:

Monday, November 17:

Community Affiliate Meet and Greet
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Don Taft University Center, Second Floor Lounge

Representatives from local community agencies that work specifically with a variety of social needs will be on-campus to meet and share with students their role in the community as well as how they can get engaged to make a difference.

Tuesday, November 18:

Hunger Banquet
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Don Taft University Center, Second Floor Lounge

When guests arrive at an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, they draw tickets at random that assign each to a high-, middle-, or low-income tier—based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Each income level receives a corresponding meal. The 20 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 30 percent in the middle-income section eat a simple meal of rice and beans; and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to small portions of rice and water. We will also have representatives from community affiliates whose work centers on hunger awareness to facilitate conversation as well as help in group reflection at our tables. To register for this event, please use this link for our registration form.

Wednesday, November 19:

Hunger and Homelessness in Broward County Panel
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Carl DeSantis Building, Room 1047

We are inviting representatives of local community affiliates to serve on a panel discussion to share about what hunger and homelessness looks like in Broward County, and also field questions from students interested in learning more about ways they can get engaged.

Thursday, November 20:

Movie: Pursuit of Happyness
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Don Taft University Center Performing and Visual Arts Theater (PVA)

We will be showing the film Pursuit of Happyness that tells the real-life struggle of a man and his son as they dealt with homelessness. After the movie, we will be reflecting on what we just watched and reviewing what are ways that we can take action.

Make it a day on, not a day off. In memory of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement is hosting a day of service. Projects will be focused on building community around Greater Fort Lauderdale. To sign-up, please use this registration link.

In honor and memory of the work of Cesar Chavez, and in recognition of NSU’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), our second service day of the Winter semester will take place as the Cesar Chavez Day of Service. More information regarding projects will be forthcoming.

To sign-up to take part in this service day, please use this registration link (https://orgsync.com/45785/forms/125050)