The New York City Civic Engagement Program (“NYCCEP”) at Barnard College was founded in 2003 to help Barnard College use the city’s resources in a systematic, thoughtful way, and to educate students to become active, engaged citizens and leaders of a global community.
NYCCEP’s initiatives continue the activities of faculty, academic and administrative departments and Barnard Career Development in helping students engage with New York City. NYCCEP’s goals are to facilitate these ongoing activities and create new opportunities for greater engagement between Barnard College and the local community, as well as to develop ways for Barnard to use its existing resources to address community-defined issues and concerns. In particular, NYCCEP seeks to:
- Facilitate student civic engagement through internship and community service opportunities.
- Encourage reflection on, and deepen students’ understanding of, complex issues learned in the classroom through their engagement with New York City organizations and issues to explore the interdependence of theory and practice.
- Develop support across the curriculum for the study of issues and strategies related to public service, philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector, and the business and scientific communities.
- Facilitate engagement between Barnard College and the local community by developing ways for Barnard to use its resources to address community-defined issues and concerns.