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The Value and Meaning of Volunteering and Community Engagement a panel discussion

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Excelsior University, the Community Engagement Group, the Center for Social Justice, and the Excelsior University Rope Teams are thrilled to be hosting an amazing panel of internal and external community leaders as part or Excelsior’s participation in Volunteering Week. The panel will be held during Excelsior University’s Charter Day & Volunteer Week, on April 10 at 2PM EST.
The panel will focus on The Value and Meaning of Volunteering and Community Engagement. In her Ted Talk “Rethinking Volunteering”, Mary Zhu shares how, although 90% of people are interested in volunteering, only 25% do. She argues that a main reason for this gap is that volunteering is often perceived as charity, as a sacrifice that separates doing good from pursuing our passion, goals or skills. Could we redefine Volunteerism to see these two needs as interconnected and thus sharing our “comparative advantage” in our communities?
Our Volunteering Week Panel members include:
⁃ Rich Hurley, Assistant Principle, Troy High School
⁃ Paul Stewart, Co-Founder, Underground Railroad Education Center
⁃ Gabby Calabrese, Assistant Vice President, Charitable Foundation Regional Program Officer at M&T Bank or Kim Phelan, Senior VP and Senior Relationship Manager at M&T Bank
⁃ Christan Miller, Co-Chair, Excelsior University Community Engagement Group
– Moderators: Pamela Jimenez and Daniel Pascoe Aguilar, Excelsior University Center for Social Justice


April 10
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Virtual via Zoom
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