Queens Community Participates in Sed Min Day of Service
The Queens motto, "not to be served, but to serve" was lived out on October 15 by nearly 100 faculty, staff and students as part of the inauguration week activities. Giving to others is one of the core principles taught at Queens.
The half-day of service included sorting food and supplies at Second Harvest Food Bank; sorting donated items at the Crisis Assistance Ministry; making sandwiches for Urban Ministry; creating school supplies for Classroom Central; and writing letters to service men and women.
Annually the Queens community engages in more than 60,000 hours of service, and 100 percent of Queens’ undergraduate students take part in civic engagement experiences. The latter is built into the general education program, which is led by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty. Students learn the basics regarding the refugee crisis in class, but serving alongside refugees, they see a whole new side to the story.
To further students’ understanding, Queens opened the new Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagement in 2019, providing a guaranteed way for undergraduate students to engage in high-quality civic and community engagement experiences across all academic areas. The center is part of a three-year, $750,000 commitment from Wells Fargo.
“Service to others and civic engagement is a vital part of Queens’ Yes/And promise. We ensure that every student engages in a unique combination of experiences that enhance learning beyond the classroom. It is a win for student learning, a win for nonprofits who need social capital and talent and a win for the community at large,” said Daniel G. Lugo, J.D., president of Queens University of Charlotte.