This past week has been a very issue-driven week at Hofstra: from official programming to surprising controversial op-ed’s and GOP debate watch parties, our campus has been brimming with political energy and social activism. In my three and a half years at Hofstra University I have never experienced this much visceral student-lead activism or opinion voicing. I found myself asking, “What’s changed?” We had a presidential debate here in 2012 and people were excited, but not particularly by the issues. Students were more excited that the future president of the United States was setting foot on our campus and speaking. Now it seems that the excitement is tenfold because the issues and the people behind them are so much louder than they have been in millennials’ lived experience.
At this moment, things feel a bit disjointed and emotionally charged; however this excitement can be channeled into very constructive discourse and civic engagement. For example, the provost and the dean’s office have provided a setting to have difficult discussions such as the Diversity Discussion last month. This and other outlets at Hofstra can be useful tools for active conversation and engagement. Now is the best time to get involved either with the CCE or any other engaging forum for change on campus or in the surrounding community. I think it is important to keep in mind that just because you are one person, you have to power to effect great change in your community—which in this globalized world can really make a big impact.
Want ways to get involved?
Tuesday March 8th– Herstory Youth Writing for Justice Program Session 3:45-6:20 in 141 Student Center
Wednesday March 9th– CCE Community Connections dinner from 6-8:30
Thursday March 10th– EAC Meals on Wheels Training 3:30-5pm in Davison 206
Long Island Peaceful Alternatives Peace Fellows 6:30-8pm in Heger 104
And many many more! There will also be a voter registration drive in the student center in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that. As always, check out CCE’s Twitter and Facebook for the latest ways to get involved!
For questions about community partnership activities, contact CCE Director Dr. Greg Maney (firstname.lastname@example.org).