Community Engagement and Leadership Development
The Office of Community Engagement and Leadership Development, located in Casey Hall, is committed to providing all members of the Dominican College community with opportunities to become involved in shared pursuits of social justice and charity. Through exploration of civic needs, and compassionate response, our students are exposed to “real world” conditions. Our goal is to transform students into community leaders, dedicated to social action, during their time at DC and beyond.
There are community service initiatives planned throughout the year which are open to all students, faculty, administrators, and staff. The projects we choose are based on the interests of our community, and there is always room for ideas! If you do not find what you are looking for, make an appointment to discuss new possibilities.
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break is a long-term program which prepares students for a week-long immersion experience with Habitat for Humanity in an impoverished area. We work in places affected by natural disasters, and places that are steeped in a cycle of poverty. Students are selected for one of several trips, based upon their preference and experience. The college subsidizes the cost of each student’s travel, but there is an individual fee which students can fund raise to offset.
In 2013 Dominican College commissioned three groups of students, faculty, and staff to respond to the needs of three different communities. The first group, made up of six students and two administrators, traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL to help rebuild homes following the destructive EF4 tornado that destroyed more than 7,000 homes in April 2011. The second group, composed of five students and one administrator, traveled to Toms River, NJ, to partner with Rebuild Our Shore, meeting various needs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. The third group included eleven students and two administrators, and went to Baltimore, MD to explore the economic downturn, and other factors contributing to the pervasive poverty that has plagued the city for generations.
ASB takes place during Spring Break each year, but you will carry it with you for the rest of your life; you will learn valuable lessons, make significant connections in the community, and develop lifelong friendships. Don’t leave the College without taking advantage of this extraordinary program. Applications are due in October of each year.
Alumni Outreach Committee
Looking to stay involved with your alma mater? The Alumni Outreach Committee is committed to Rockland County and to the Dominican College students of today. Join us for monthly volunteer opportunities and give back to the community that helped shape the person you’ve become. Ideas for projects are welcome. Look out for more information on how to participate, or contact us if you would like to be part of the committee. Show off your Charger Pride and reconnect with old classmates!! Most projects are family-friendly.
Christine M. Dilts
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Phone: (845) 848-4122
Office: Casey Hall, Room 11