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Public Service Center Programs

Student run board facilitating interaction between students with elderly in nursing homes in Ithaca community

Student run board raising awareness about local food insecurity through education and volunteering Tompkins County

Building a culture of voting

Cultural education and awareness of transracially adopted youth matching Cornell students with cross-culturally adopted

Educates rural middle & high school students about higher education

Promotes science literacy for Ithaca area students through engaging educational STEM programs

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.

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Connects grad students with regional K-12 classrooms

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!

 Student run board fostering language learning by coordinating foreign language corners exchanging cultural knowledge