About Us

 

Our Mission

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) supports the mission and vision of Eastern Connecticut State University by providing resources to build a culture of civic responsibility and engaged learning. The CCE creates sustainable, effective and productive relationships with community partners that benefit students, faculty and the community.

What We Do

  • Assist Eastern students in volunteer placements based on their schedules, interest, and reason for volunteering
  • Work with faculty to incorporate service learning into their courses
  • Provide Eastern students with training, orientation, and reflection activities to improve their skills and make them effective volunteers
  • Empower students to be proactive and develop their own personal volunteer interest
  • Assist campus clubs, student activities, and housing with implementing community engagement events and fundraisers

Staff

 

Kimberly Armstrong Silcox, J.D. Director
Prior to joining Eastern 16 years ago, Kim practiced law for 12 years in Baltimore, MD. Kim led the University’s efforts in developing a comprehensive center for civic engagement in 2008-9 and has been director of the CCE since its inception. Kim served as a New England Campus Compact CSLD Fellow and as CT Campus Compacts Community Service Learning Directors Network Coordinator. Kim also facilitated Eastern’s selection as a NASPA Lead Initiative campus, working to develop strategies to engage other colleges and universities in community engagement efforts. She served as the first chair of the Assessment Committee in the Division of Student Affairs at Eastern and has been the catalyst for assessment efforts within the Division. She continues to serve on numerous campus and community boards and committees including the Connecticut Afterschool Network and the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT’s Community Engagement Committee. Kim has taught master’s level higher education law and policy courses at both the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University.
Kim for web

 

Kemesha A. Wilmot, M.S. Associate Director
Kemesha Wilmot is the Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and an 2005 alumna of Eastern, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations. Kemesha completed her Master’s degree in 2010 from Central Connecticut State University in Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education. Kemesha has a diverse background in Higher Education and has worked at Eastern for seven years. During her time at Eastern, she has worked in Housing, Advising, and Career Services. In her most recent role, she served as the Coordinator for the Intercultural Center. Kemesha loves working with the students, and spending time with her family and friends!

 

Meaghan Penrod, Jumpstart Site Manager
Meaghan is the site manager for the Jumpstart program at Eastern. She graduated from UConn’s Early Childhood Development and Education program in 2014 with her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Meaghan completed a teaching fellowship at Brandeis University in their children’s center. She taught in the infant classroom and mentored college students who worked as teaching assistants alongside her. She then went on to work as the Lead Teacher and Infant Program Coordinator at Bright Horizons in Connecticut—teaching children, working with families, and mentoring teachers. Meaghan loves working with students and helping others understand and become passionate about early childhood education!

 

Arielle Thomas, Arielle is a 2017 graduate of Eastern, majoring in Psychology. A student leader last year, Arielle worked with many programs including: After school programs in Natchaug and Windham Center, Journey House at Natchaug Hospital, Facilitating girls mentoring groups and Puentes al Futuro / Bridges to the Future Summer Program. Within the Center, Arielle coordinates special events, media posts, transportation support, and middle school tutoring.

 

John Murphy, M.S., Communications Coordinator
John serves Eastern as Communication Coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement and faculty member in the Communications Department. He is also Program Director at Windham Arts, a state-supported arts organization providing direct support to individual artists and arts organizations in our region. John is an active producer in local media, with a weekly program about Windham Arts on WILI Radio and the Pan American Express series on WECS Radio. He co-produces and hosts the weekly TV series On the Homefront and writes a media column in Neighbors, a monthly regional newspaper. John received a State of Connecticut General Assembly Citation Award for 30 years of public service as General Manager of WHUS Radio at UConn and a Wavy Gravy Basic Human Needs Award from the Seva Foundation for service to the arts and local communities.

 

Nancy Deede, University Assistant
Nancy’s responsibilities include budget reconciliation, Elife data entry, student payroll filing, general purchases and keeping files up to date. Having grown up in Norwich, she recently returned to CT after bringing up her four children in southern RI since 1985. While in RI, Nancy was very active in her church’s Social Action Committee for 20 years, assisting low income families and victims of domestic violence by providing them with food, clothing, furniture and more. Along with organizing a team to refurbish the local safe house and plan two domestic violence vigils, being involved in the community and local projects made her aware of some of the struggles many families face. Nancy enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening and hiking; and being an artist in her spare time. Nancy is in the Center's office Monday and Friday from 8:30AM - 4:30PM and Wednesday from 9-12.

 

Mary Oliver, University Assistant
Within the Center, Mary coordinates the transportation schedules, website management, and media services. Mary joined ECSU having a diverse social service background including: early childhood education, sexual assault crisis counseling, substance abuse recovery case management, and arts advocacy and administration. A life-long learner, she is a fan of John Dewey and the "learning, being, doing" model from Goddard College. CCE's goals make that a perfect fit! A native of Hampton, she is also a textile artist, and sometime chicken farmer. Mary is available at the Prospect Street office on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30AM - 4:30PM.