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.

 

Kemesha A. Wilmot , M.S. Associate Director
Kemesha Wilmot is the Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement. Kemesha is an alumnus of Eastern. She graduated from Eastern in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations. Kemesha completed her Master’s degree in 2010 from Central in Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education. Kemesha has a diverse background in Higher Education. She has worked at Eastern for 7 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!
  

 

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 2001. 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.

 

Samone Jones-McCarthy, AmeriCorps VISTA for Connecticut Campus Compact
Samone Jones-McCarthy is the Connecticut Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Eastern this year. She graduated this past May from Eastern with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Samone served as a Team Leader in three CCE programs last year—Girl’s Circle at the Sweeney School, Recess Program at North Windham School and the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. Over the summer she was given the opportunity to teach a leadership course to middle school students in the Puentes al Futuro/Bridges to the Future program, which she has been a part of for 4 years. Samone has a strong interest in promoting educational excellence in today’s youth and for her year as a VISTA, her mission is to help start and organize an after school program for children in a neighborhood community center.

 

Meaghan O'Brien, 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 Bachelors 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!

 

Rodrigo G. Pinto, Ph.D., Systems and Assessment Coordinator
With the Center, Rodrigo coordinates assessment, oversees the systems mobilizing volunteers and volunteer coordinators, collects university-wide data on civic action off-campus, and co-organizes service-learning.
He joined ECSU having taught several courses as an Assistant Professor with another public liberal arts college within Michigan State University and while earning his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. Rodrigo is bringing along his course “Transnational Relations for a Cause: Advocacy Networks, Civic Associations, and Social Movements.” His courses on “Global Environmental Politics” and tropical development are also Eastern-bound. They include service-learning with non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity International, at sites both a short walk off campus and in Brazilian urban squatting communities (favelas), where he taught another course abroad.
His scholarship explains international community organizing. Rodrigo’s research has been published in the International Studies Compendium and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), featuring “Environmental Activism” and bioenergy.
He volunteers through the BirdLife International network and the WECS radio show Banana Bubblegum ConneCTion.

 

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.