CCESI Class Presentations

2021-2022 FYE CATALOG

Let’s Get Engaged! An Introduction to Civic Engagement & the Common Good

Rams don’t just do well, they do good. This experience is designed to introduce first-year students to civic engagement as a means for realizing West Chester University’s mission to graduate students prepared to “contribute to the common good.” Through a combination of presentations, interactive activities, and a volunteer fair, students will learn why and how civic engagement is promoted at the university, and will also identify meaningful civic & community engagement opportunities that they can get involved in during their time at WCU.

This experience requires approximately 1-hour of classroom time (either in-person or remote) with students, as well as student participation in CCESI’s fall Volunteer Fair (date = TBD). CCESI professional staff and/or para-professionals will facilitate the 1-hour session. Faculty can choose to add an additional requirement that students complete at least 3-5 hours of service and a post-service reflection activity facilitated by CCESI prior to the end of the semester.

This experience reinforces the following FYE Common Content areas:

  • An Experiential Learning Project
  • An Overview of Liberal Arts Tradition (i.e., students will understand the civic arguments in favor of a liberal arts curriculum)
  • An Overview & Discussions about University Policies, Ethics, and Student Life

Your Vote Can Rock the Boat: An Introduction to Voting & Pennsylvania Elections

For many first-year students, 2021-2022 will be the first opportunity to exercise their right to vote. This FYE experience introduces first-year students to the importance of active and responsible voting, as well as Pennsylvania’s electoral process. In addition to these engaging introductions, students will learn about and have the opportunity to register to vote. 2021-22 Upcoming elections and ballot measures (including local and statewide elections in November 2021) will also be introduced and discussed.

This experience requires approximately 1-hour of classroom time (either in-person or remote) with students, as well as student submission of a personalized 2021-22 Voter Engagement Plan. CCESI professional staff and/or para-professionals will facilitate the 1-hour session.

This experience reinforces the following FYE Common Content areas:

  • An Overview of Liberal Arts Tradition (i.e., students will understand the civic arguments in favor of a liberal arts curriculum)
  • An Overview & Discussions about University Policies, Ethics, and Student Life

Hungry to Learn: An Introduction to Food Insecurity on Campus

This experience will introduce students to the issue of basic need insecurity, both on college campuses and on a larger scale; and will raise awareness of the WCU Resource Pantry and other critical resources for students in need. The experience includes a presentation of the issue, as well as an interactive activity and reflection.

This experience requires approximately 1-hour of classroom time (either in-person or remote) with students. CCESI professional staff and/or para-professionals will facilitate the 1-hour session.

This experience reinforces the following FYE Common Content area:

  • An Overview & Discussions about University Policies, Ethics, and Student Life


Looking for a specific presentation? Please contact CCESI Associate Director, Ella Guimond (eguimond@wcupa.edu) to discussion options.

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