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Office of Community Service Programs
 

Office of Community Service Programs


Each year, approximately 50 percent of Skidmore
students participate in community service and
fundraising activities, and our faculty teach more
than 50 service-learning courses.

Learn more about community service options for
students at Skidmore.


The Office of Community Service Programs, in the Division of Student Affairs, supports the curricular and co-curricular civic engagement activities of individual students, clubs, athletic teams and academic departments.  The Office serves as a liaison between the Skidmore community and over forty nonprofit agencies in the greater Saratoga region as well as a pre-orientation program and national and international service trips.  Helping students become “informed, responsible citizens” is a priority of the Office. We do this by providing experiences that encourage students to examine their values, develop practical competencies and apply their learning to find solutions for social and civic problems.  The Office supports student development by creating and sustaining opportunities for engagement and reflection both on and off campus.

Skidmore College was selected for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is also a member of Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university  presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. Skidmore is profiled in the Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities (Student Horizons Press).

Civic Engagement at Skidmore

Perspectives on prison

Justice and rehabilitation, inequity and immobility, and other complex issues of mass incarceration in America are themes in a faculty-student project that's part of a national traveling show.

Skidmore Student Lends a Hand to Local Refugees

When Rula Issa ‘17 came to the United States in 1998 seeking refuge from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she was warmly welcomed by Americans who sought to help her and her family assimilate to America and settle comfortably in their new home.

Smart city

Saratoga's Smart City Commission -- working on downtown amenities such as public wi-fi, broadband in underserved neighborhoods, and parking apps -- got help from Skidmore business students this summer.

Small business incubators?

"How do I spell entrepreneurship?" asked a local fifth-grader during a school visit by Skidmore business-major ambassadors.

Mentoring at-risk teens

"My family life is tough," admits a Saratoga teen, but a long-term mentoring relationship with a Skidmore student has brought stability, hope, and plans for college.

 
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