Welcome to the Office of Student Civic Engagement (OSCE)!
We are pleased that you have decided to check out the many ways in which to become involved in challenging and fun volunteer opportunities both on and off campus, explore careers in the nonprofit sector, expand your horizons through the Alternative Break Program and develop your leadership skills through service. You can do all of this and more through the OSCE.
Believing that learning takes place both in and out of the classroom, RMU is committed to engaging students in one-time and ongoing community service projects in settings as diverse as food pantries, after school programs, and nursing homes. Whether your interest is in mentoring at-risk kids, building affordable housing alongside the working poor, leading activities for nursing home residents or donating blood at an on-campus blood drive we have volunteer opportunities to appeal to all interests. The OSCE encourages students to stop by, hang out and share ideas for new projects. We’ll work with you to bring your creative ideas to fruition.
If you’re interested in exploring careers in the nonprofit sector, check out the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Through a combination of classes, workshops, an internship service experience, attending a national conference and participating in Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association, you can earn a national certification in addition to your degree that will provide you with the skills necessary to become one of the next generation of nonprofit leaders.
If you’re looking for a change of scene and change of pace, check out the Alternative Break Program! We offer a Thanksgiving break excursion focusing social justice issues in Pittsburgh the weekend before Thanksgiving. In addition, each year over spring break, groups of students and staff travel to other areas of the country to engage in enriching service projects that involve their hands, their hearts, and their best thinking. Whether it’s working to end hunger and homelessness in Washington DC, doing home repairs for the rural poor in Appalachia, flood relief work in Atlanta, or building homes for low income families with Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham, an exciting and rewarding experience awaits you.
The OSCE is the place to be! Our door is open to you! Stop by and check us out! You’ll be glad that you did!
Donna Anderson, Director
Office of Student Civic Engagement