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Lawrence University is committed to preparing “students for lives of achievement, responsible and meaningful citizenship, lifelong learning, and personal fulfillment.”

The Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (CCE) aims to support this commitment by meeting and working with students to encourage critical thought and reflection on the purpose, responsibility, and potential for lifelong learning through service and engagement within the context of a Lawrence University education.

Complete our social justice interests form so we can curate our communications to you.
To search for volunteer opportunities and track your service log into Give Pulse and find virtual volunteer opportunities.


CCE 2019 Staff Photo

Viking Ambassadors in Service and Engagement (VASE)

Viking Ambassadors in Service and Engagement (VASE) aims to get first year students volunteering, making connections, and learning about issues in the Fox Valley community. Each of our six issue areas will run a version of this program in Winter and Spring terms 2020-21. Reach out to for more information.

Winter Term Programs

Animal Welfare
• Fair Housing
Arts Advocacy


VASE Requirements

• Volunteers will commit to volunteer 1-4 hours weekly for the duration of the program
• Volunteers will attend a training and orientation session before volunteering begins
• Volunteers will attend an education session on their area of interest
• Volunteers will attend a recognition/celebration event at the end of the term
Volunteers will be present for all scheduled volunteer opportunities unless communicated with their program leader at least 48 hours in advance with a valid reason. Sudden illness is, of course, excused but should still be communicated in advance when possible.

Click Here To Register



Visit GivePulse to find volunteer opportunities!

Visit our GivePulse page.
GivePulse is the website Lawrence uses to set up volunteer opportunities, record volunteer hours, and register students for volunteer events. By keeping a log of your volunteer hours on GivePulse, Lawrence is able to put these hours on your co-curricular record, which looks good when applying for a job or internship. Recording your hours is easy, just log in with your LU ID, click the big green 'Add Impact' button, and fill out the form. If you are interested in learning how GivePulse can benefit your organization or just want to know more about how to use this website, please contact us.


On-Campus Service Organizations

Interested in finding an organization with similar volunteer interests to you? Visit the campus organization directory and click "community service," "social justice," or something more specific like "environmental"  to learn about students interested in working together to serve the community.

Featured Alumni

Sara Prostko

Sara Prostko '20

"Volunteering to me means many different things… giving back to your community, fulfilling a need that the community has made known… It's also a way for volunteers to gain skills and gain responsibility and to gain leadership or insight of what they want to do."


While at Lawrence, Sara focused her volunteer work on music outreach initiatives which brought different types of music to people who would otherwise not have had that exposure, as well as worked closely with Saving PAWS and other local animal shelters.

Since her time at Lawrence, Sara was offered a job at the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes doing volunteer management and volunteer recruitment. Through this, she was able to help create a new volunteering platform called "Meet the Expert" for the Girl Scouts where people of many different professions and backgrounds come in and speak to young girls, helping to expose them to different career areas they might want to pursue. She also works with Family Services of Northeastern Wisconsin and volunteers with the Trevor Project.

The leadership and problem-solving skills Sara developed through her community service work at Lawrence allowed her to hit the ground running at her current jobs, quickly taking on projects and initiatives with minimal assistance.

Sara emphasizes that organizations often want to help volunteers mobilize their ideas. She encourages college students to reach out to organizations with ideas they have to help their community as chances are the organization will provide the support the volunteer needs to get their ideas off the ground.

Contact The CCE

Come visit us! The CCE is located in the back of the Mudd Library across from the Wriston Art Center at the Lawe St. & Alton St. intersection. However, our physical building is closed at this time but we are virtually open! 

Get in touch with us via email or calling at 920-832-6644

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram (lucareersandcommunity) 

Visit our Virtual Volunteer Opportunities page

Learn more about us via our 2019-20 End of Year Report.

Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Public and global affairs, law, policy research, political campaigning, diplomacy, international development, communications and PR, finance and wealth management, education (secondary & higher ed), journalism

Recent employers include...

U.S. Navy, FBI, Thomson Reuters, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peace Corps, New York Presbyterian Hospital, political campaigns, City of Camden, United States government, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, U.S. Bank, Teach for America

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Political science, law, library science/librarianship, business administration, urban planning, environmental studies, journalism, international business, social science, psychology, medicine, development studies

Recent schools include...

Boston University, Duke University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Marquette University,The Ohio State University, Princeton University, San Diego State, Tulane University, University of Cambridge

CCE Professional Staff


Garrett Singer Headshot

Garrett Singer

Director, Community Engagement and Social Change

Hey, y’all! I am honored –and humbled – to be joining the LU community as the new Director of the CCE. I come to Appleton by way of Nashville, TN, having spent the last several years developing and supporting service-learning opportunities for undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University. My academic and professional interests lie at the intersection of higher education and social progress, with a particular focus on the ways in which institutional resources can be leveraged to catalyze community development. I am deeply excited to support our incredible team as they endeavor to facilitate student service, grow community partnerships, and amplify our impact in the Fox Valley.



Michelle BuchingerMichelle Buchinger

Coordinator of Career Center & Center for Community Engagement & Social Change

Hi everyone! I’m Michelle Buchinger and I spend time in both the Career Center and the CCE. I help to coordinate Experiential Learning opportunities for Lawrence students, as well as also helping LU students with their involvement in service opportunities all over the Fox Valley. I look forward to supporting student’s connections to these resources so they can successfully experience many different opportunities throughout their journey at Lawrence!

CCE Student Staff

Papo (Carlos A) Morales, Resource and Outreach Office Manager

Hello! My name is Papo (Carlos A.) Morales and I am currently a Senior at Lawrence University. I am a History major with a Studio Art minor and am from Brooklyn, New York. Some of my favorite things to do include binge watching shows, public speaking , playing UNO and spending time with family and friends! I have been involved with a couple of organizations on campus which include the Brother to Brother, Alianza, and RISEUP. In my fourth year at the CCE, I look forward to helping local Appleton students from kindergarten to the 12th grade with accessing the education & college that they deserve and providing Lawrence students with the resources to make their volunteering experience easy and marketable.


Shirley XuLili Xu, Service Corps Fair Housing & Hunger Program Coordinator

Hey! My name is Lili(Shirley) Xu and I am a junior from Korla, China. I plan to pursue a double degree in Piano Performance and English. I am also a Community Advisor in Big Exec, a member of Chinese Student Association and Lawrence International. When I am not practicing the piano, I love doing all kinds of crafting, watching TwoSet Violin on YouTube, hanging out with friends and talking with my families. I am excited to work in CCE and connect a lot of you with nonprofit communities around Appleton.



Morgan Fisher, Child Advocacy Program Coordinator

Hey there! I’m Morgan, your Child Advocacy coordinator! I am a junior Neuroscience major from the suburbs of Chicago. When I am not working at the CCE, you can find me playing Club Penguin on a zoom call with my LARY Buddy, in the CARE Lab working as a research assistant, or on the courts as the tennis team's captain. Recently, my free time has been spent making (very amateur) art on Procreate, playing Among Us with my housemates, and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I am excited to enter my second year at the CCE and I am looking forward to working with you!




Lexie LivingoodLexie Livingood, Access to the Arts Program Coordinator

Hey! My name is Lexie, and I'm a Junior Viola Performance and Economics major from Houston, TX. This year, I'm working as the Access to the Arts program coordinator at the CCE, and I'm super excited to organize new arts engagement opportunities! Outside of the CCE, I'm also on the exec board for Sigma Alpha Iota, I'm the treasurer for the Student Panel of the LU Symphony Orchestra, and I work as an assistant for the Theatre Arts Department. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, play with my cats, and eat vegetarian food.




Molly Ruffing, Access to Education Program Coordinator

Hi there! My name is Molly Ruffing, and I'm the Access to Education Program Coordinator in the CCE. I'm a junior psychology and English major from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. In addition to working in the CCE, I'm also the Copy Chief for The Lawrentian. I'm also involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I play trombone pretty casually. This is my first year in the CCE, and I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity to learn alongside our volunteers.




Ellen Teerink, Sustainability Program Coordinator

My name is Ellen, and I'm from Milwaukee, WI. I am in my second year at Lawrence. In my free time I enjoy anything that lets me be outside (backpacking, camping, biking, etc.). On campus, I am involved in SLUG, LU Bike Club, and ORC. This year I am also the Sustainability Program Coordinator at the CCE. I look forward to working with the Sustainability Steering Committee and Riverview Gardens to promote opportunities for Lawrence Students to learn about and engage with the environment. 




 Maya Lines, Office Manager

Hello! My name is Maya, I am a sophomore from Dallas, Texas. I am pursuing a double degree in Bassoon Performance and Neuroscience. This year I will be working as an office manager in the CCE focusing on finding opportunities to get first and second year students more involved in the community. In my free time I love to watercolor, practice calligraphy, go on bike rides, and hang out with my 11 plants. I am so excited to learn more about how to increase community engagement on campus and how to make a difference in my community!



Carmen Magestro, Office Manager

My name is Carmen Magestro and I’m a senior studying chemistry, biochemistry and flute performance. I am an office manager at the CCE who focuses on social media marketing and this year I am looking forward to promoting service opportunities and showing off all the hard work our student volunteers do on and off campus. This year brings challenges, but challenges inspire creative ideas, and I am excited to share these ideas with the rest of our community!





Anna White, Animal Welfare Program Coordinator

Amellalli Herrera Alvarez, Office Manager



Contact The CCE

Come visit us! The CCE is located in the back of the Mudd Library across from the Wriston Art Center at the Lawe St. & Alton St. intersection. However, our physical building is closed at this time but we are virtually open! 

Get in touch with us via email or calling at 920-832-6644

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram (lucareersandcommunity) 

Visit our Virtual Volunteer Opportunities page

Learn more about us via our 2019-20 End of Year Report.