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.
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.
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.
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E-Mail: Jessica Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (954) 262-8602.
The Psychology Services Center (PSC) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) offers services to children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients through the following specialty clinics:
In addition, 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.
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.
The College of Psychology is proud to host Tedx NSU.
Contact: The College of Psychology at: email@example.com or (954) 262-5783.
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences
Dr. Pallavi Patel 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 . . .
DEPARTMENT OF ANESTHESIA
The Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) Program(s) located at both the Davie and Tampa campuses recognize the importance of impacting the community through service both locally as well as statewide. The AA programs offer their contribution through various community service events in an effort to maximize the reach of our programs and subsequently our profession through service. The AA programs are involved in health fairs, AA Program Mentorship, community speaking engagements, and other means of volunteer work inclusive of both program faculty and students.
Students and faculty participate and provide:
Anesthesiology Assistant, M.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Anesthesiology Assistant, M.S., Tampa, Florida
DEPARTMENT OF AUDIOLOGY
The Audiology Clinic at Nova Southeastern University Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences provides hearing and vestibular (balance) evaluation and treatment services to the community.
Audiology, Au.D., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
DEPARTMENT OF CARDIOPULMONARY SCIENCES
The Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences participate in a variety of community service activities in Palm Beach and surrounding counties. Activities allow respiratory therapy students to be involved in community engagement to improve lung health and awareness.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE
The Health and Human Performance Department participates in a variety of community service activities throughout Broward County and South Florida.
Athletic Training, B.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Athletic Training, M.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Exercise and Sport Science, B.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCES
The Department of Health Science is an interdisciplinary group of programs designed for health care professional to advance academically, administratively, or clinically within their professions. Offering distance education from the undergraduate to the doctoral level is consistent with the university and college’s commitment to lifelong learning.
The department offers a Bachelor of Health Science (B.H.Sc.) and Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) programs in an exclusively online format. The department also offers two innovative doctoral programs. The Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) and the Ph.D. in Health Science programs are offered via online and intense, compressed residential formats. These are post-professional degrees targeted at health professionals trained at the master’s degree level. These programs attract active clinicians, administrators, and health professions educators. A combined M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc degree is an option also available.
The department also house two preeminent, on-campus, entry-level programs. The Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography is located at our Tampa, Florida location. The Bachelor of Science in Medical Sonography is offered on our main campus in the greater Ft. Lauderdale, Florida area. Both programs are supported by state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and both programs offer a concurrent enrollment in the Master of Health Science program to qualified applicants.
Cardiovascular Sonography, B.S.—Tampa, Florida
Medical Sonography, B.S.—Fort Lauderdale
Sonography students and faculty participate in health care fairs to include
The B.H.Sc., M.H.Sc., D.H.Sc., M.H.Sc. /D.H.Sc. Dual Degree, and Ph.D. Programs are fully online. The students are full-time, health care professionals. The contributions of the online Health Science students are generally in their local communities and professional settings.
DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Through Community Collaborative experiences, the Occupational Therapy Department seeks to enhance awareness, community and professional service, leadership, scholarship, and advocacy skills of occupational therapy students, assisted by faculty, to serve the communities they live in. Students assist people of all ages to help themselves participate in meaningful activities (occupations), to take care of themselves, be productive, learn, play, and interact with others to the best of their abilities.
Occupational Therapy, M.O.T., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mental health and wellness
Occupational Therapy, Ph.D., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Entry Level (O.T.D.), Tampa, Florida
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
The Physical Therapy Department has been actively engaged in providing service to the community for since 1994. The department estimates that at least 1000 community residents benefit from the active engagement of students and faculty in the Physical Therapy Department.
Entry-Level D.P.T, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Physical Therapy T-D.P.T., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Physical Therapy, Ph.D., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Overview of services provided to the community on an annual basis (academic calendar).
Professional D.P.T, Tampa, Florida
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
The Physician Assistant Program hosts outreach activities in rural and urban communities in Florida, as well as in Peru and Guatemala.
Physician Assistant, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Physician Assistant, Fort Myers, Florida
Physician Assistant, Jacksonville, Florida
Physician Assistant, Orlando, Florida
DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
The Department of Speech-Language Pathology has been committed to providing service to the community for over 30 years. The students and faculty of the department provide screenings, assessments, and treatment interventions of communication and swallowing disorders throughout the state of Florida and across the country.
Speech-Language & Communication Disorders B.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Speech-Language Pathology, M.S., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Contact Hal Strough 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 Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing supports community activities, engaging both faculty and students in meeting the needs in Central, South Florida regions and Jamaica. The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing has online students across the United States and abroad. These student participate in community projects in their course work and volunteer activities. In 2017 the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing reported 121 projects to the Community Collaboration Data Base. The projects included clinical rotations, community service, research, professional activities, academic activities and grants.
The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing continues to be an active partner in an interdisciplinary project with the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in Florida. All of our students in the entry level program and the nurse practitioner program receive special training to identify clients who smoke and provide those clients with resources for cessation. The student keep a log of clients reached and the Project Coordinator for Nursing reports the data to AHEC.
The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing received recognition for our work at Special Olympics Healthy Communities in educating the clients on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. In September of 2017 we had approximately 70 entry level students from Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers campuses participate in the annual A Day for Children event. The Student Affairs Council has undertaken the task this year of insuring faculty presence at each community event to provide guidance and oversight to our students. The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing continues to build strong ties with our community partners and are recognized as leaders in community service.
Contact the RON and Kathy Assaf 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 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. 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 our recent community partnerships:
For information about the Eye Care Institute and to schedule an eye appointment, please visit:
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:
Contact the College of Osteopathic Medicine or call Kelly Duke 954-262-1780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy is committed to helping people live healthier, better lives. Through patient education, health screenings, and immunization clinics our faculty and students engaged patients in the community to take charge of their health and wellness. The College of Pharmacy also 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 assist with fundraising, and provide health education and screenings to the community in partnership with the following agencies:
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.
NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is committed to achieving inclusive excellence in teaching, research, and community service. CAHSS emphasizes multidisciplinary learning, and the development of skills and competencies necessary for success in our students’ respective fields. It is dedicated to the improvement of life quality, and the pursuit of collaborative and equitable means to address human challenges. Our unique and talented students learn to become reflective scholars, creative artists, ethical practitioners and skilled professionals with a critical understanding of theory and method as well as an appreciation of the diversity, responsibility and privilege inherent in global citizenship.
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences or call Alina Gonzalez at (954)262-8405 or email at email@example.com
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.
Contact The College of Engineering & Computing or call Alina Silva 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.
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Contact the Mailman Segal Center or call Jamie Mayersohn at (954) 262-7113.
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:
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:
The Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use library based on an agreement between a private, not for profit university and a government entity, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. We provide full library services to over 25,000 NSU students, faculty and staff, and the ASL is available to the 1.9 million residents living in Broward County. Having an ASL card provides patrons with access to our collection, award-winning programs, events, and exhibits, and the full academic resources of one of the nation's major independent research universities.
Contact the Alvin Sherman Library or call James Hutchens at (954) 262-4648.
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.
Contact Athletics: Morgan Shattuck at (954) 262-8235 email@example.com or Jameson Carter at (954) 262-8275 firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Operations processes all payments to vendors and employees, oversees accounting transactions and maintains the general ledger, prepares financial statements and reports, files tax returns, manages the University’s cash and investments as well as its debt portfolio, administers the annual operating budget, and oversees the University's insurance programs.
Financial Operations supports various local community programs and events.
Contact Finance or call Elizabeth Guimaraes at (954) 262-5271.
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
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.
Translational Research and Economic Development (TRED) supports NSU’s innovative faculty within its colleges, centers and institutes in the development of their ideas, discoveries and technologies. TRED is the focal point for building the connections, resources and entrepreneurial energy for the commercialization of NSU’s research activities.
TRED is home to a robust research infrastructure. This includes the Office of Research and Technology Transfer which is the overarching organization for the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Clinical Research, Office of Technology Transfer, and the Grant Writing Laboratory.
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.