Public Service Center Programs
Our story began in the heat of the Freedom Summer of 1964, when three young men -- Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner -- traveled to the South to register African-Americans to vote. On their first day there, the three men were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. From this tragedy, Andrew Goodman Foundation was born.
The organization was created in 1966 by Robert '35 (Eng '39) and Carolyn Goodman '36, to carry on the spirit and the purpose of their son Andrew's life. The Andrew Goodman Foundation now exists on dozens of campuses across the nation. Our work today harnesses the legacy of the courageous leaders of the civil rights movement.
The Global Citizenship and Sustainability program is a partnership between the Public Service Center and the Department of Natural Resources. It is an unique program that combines both academic discipline and co-curricular area to better partner with the global community. The Program fosters cross-cultural learning while building skills in community-based research. It works in partnership with the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Penan village leaders. The student project will build on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for rural and indigenous peoples' holistic views of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change, but these have not been used consistently in existing adaptation efforts in Malaysian Borneo. Integrating such forms of knowledge with existing practices increases the effectiveness of adaptation. With collective knowledge of the land, sky, and sea, idigenous communities are observers and interpreters of changes in the environment and knowledgeable about adaptations for the future. Moreover, indigenous knowledge provides a crucial foundation for community-based adaptation and mitigation actions that sustain resilience of social-ecological systems at the interconnected local, regional and global scales.
For more information, visit: http://blogs.cornell.edu/globalcitizenshipandsustainability/
Into The Streets (ITS) is a student-run program of the Cornell Public Service Center that focuses on promoting social responsibility and commitment to public service among college students. This two-day service experience brings together hundreds of students as Cornell’s largest days of service. This year, as we celebrate the 28th anniversary of Into The Streets, students will continue to learn about the surrounding community and gain experience in public service. The event benefits the community by responding to the needs of local non-profits for volunteers. A wide variety of service projects are organized and each is provided with a team of students. Every team is coordinated and supervised by a student Team Leader. Projects range and may involve demolition, painting, or education, among other things. It is a great way to get out into the local community and meet new people!