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


Kimberly Armstrong Silcox, 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 in 2012-13. 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 Greater Windham 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness 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.
Luis A. Rodríguez, Assistant Director
Luis has 13 years of higher education experience. He is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico where he studied History and Secondary Education at the University of Puerto Rico. Luis began his career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Office of Volunteers at Connecticut College and later became the Assistant Director. Luis joined the Center for Community Engagement team at Eastern Connecticut State University as the Assistant Director in August 2012. Luis oversees community-learning, outreach programs and special events including working with student leaders, volunteers and working with faculty to implement community-learning into their curriculum. He actively participates in a variety of community task forces and local boards such as the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center, Inc. and the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE).
Irene Cretella, Administrative Assistant
Irene Cretella is Administrative Assistant in the Center for Community Engagement. Having worked at Eastern since 1995, Irene has served in 4 other offices within the Division of Student Affairs. She has coordinated the American Red Cross blood drives at Eastern since 1991. This program has expanded from two to four blood drives per academic year with exceptional attendance of donors and volunteers at each drive. She has assisted the Vice President for Student Affairs with “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”. Irene has been instrumental in updating and developing many of the Student Affairs offices’ web pages. She was a recipient of the Governor's Service Award in February 2001 and the Eastern Excellence Award in 2009.

Irene enjoys volunteering at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Windham Area Interfaith Ministries (W.A.I.M.), and overall physical fitness activities such as biking, swimming, walking, kayaking and attending Zumba and Yoga classes.
Emily Cameron, Americorps*VISTA
Emily Cameron ’15 is currently serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Eastern Connecticut State University. As an Eastern student, Emily was a dedicated volunteer with the Puentes al Futuro Program, an after school program at Windham Middle School that focuses on cultural enrichment. She also served on the executive board of Eastern’s campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity for three of her four years at Eastern.

Emily became a CCE Student Leader in her sophomore year, taking on more responsibility for program planning and volunteer management. In May, Emily graduated from Eastern a BS in Mathematics and immediately began year AmeriCorps*VISTA term with the CCE. This year she will be working to strengthen the pre-existing mentoring and tutoring programs in the Windham Public Schools.
Alyson Iannicelli, Jumpstart Site Manager
Alyson is the program coordinator for Jumpstart at Eastern. She recently completed her service with Teach For America teaching preschool in Tulsa, OK, and is thrilled to return to her home-state of Connecticut. Originally from Cheshire, CT, Alyson is looking forward to exploring the Willimantic/Windham area. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, yoga, and finding new hiking spots to stay active outdoors! Alyson holds a BA in English Communications from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.
John Murphy, Communications Coordinator
John serves as Communication Coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement and faculty member in the Communications Department. John is a radio veteran and community media activist with a history of radio station management, consulting and networking. He is an active producer in local media, with the weekly Pan American Express program on WECS Radio, co-producing and co-hosting the weekly TV series On the Homefront, and writing a media column in Neighbors, a 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.