Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Weekly Digest for November 2nd

Civic Engagement Weekly Digest │ November 2nd, 2015 Read below to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities in the Charleston community. Volunteer announcements are either one-time events or ongoing service opportunities. Contact information is included with each entry. If you are searching for more volunteer opportunities email our office at: Please make sure to register/sign-up for […]

Sustainability and Charleston by William Hester

“The past few years have been very transformative for Charleston in terms of adopting sustainability oriented initiatives and practices. The past five years alone have seen the unofficial adoption by the city council of the city’s Green Plan, the opening of Growfood Carolina to encourage the cultivation and distribution of locally grown produce, growth of […]

Welcome Back!

As another school year begins, the Center for Civic Engagement is getting back into swing!  For those of you new to the office, we focus on community development both inside and outside the College of Charleston community.  We do this by focusing on education, direct service, and meaningful reflection. This year we will be putting […]

In Partnership

Almost four years ago the College of Charleston Center for Civic Engagement partnered with Earth, Sea, & Sky (ESS) located in Zakynthos, Greece through our Alternative Break Program. (Find out more about that here) In the past four years I have seen students so impacted by the experience that they return to Charleston and change […]

Incarceration of American Youth – Natalie Martin

The school to prison pipeline refers to the national trend of criminalizing misbehaviors that happen in schools across the nation. There are enormous implications for students, in particular male students of color, given the changes in how school culture and discipline is handled across the nation. School to Prison Pipeline African American students are 3.5 […]

The Experiences of Madeline Ryan – Nashville Tennessee

Every spring break students find new and exciting ways to spend their week sabbatical from academic studies. The students that participated in the Center for Civic Engagement’s Alternative Break program are no exception. Alternative Break is a program that hosts student-led trips during academic breaks. It provides participants with hands-on experience in social justice issues […]

Charleston, SC- A glimpse of poverty in our community

At first glance of the Charleston community, most see rich history, elegant architecture, a booming restaurant industry and stunning coastlines. What many fail to see is poverty. When asked to consider poverty, many North Americans call to mind images of developing countries without recognizing the poverty in their own backyard. Poverty is generally defined as the state of lacking the […]

February 2015 Newsletter

Cougars Taking Action Cougars Taking Action is the service initiative component of the Homecoming Spirit Cup Challenge. Each year teams of students compete to show the most cougar pride. Cougars Taking Action provides students with the opportunity to gain points and give back to the Charleston community. While teams are encouraged to participate as part […]