Skidmore College is committed to offering students the opportunity to enhance their
liberal arts education through civic engagement. While helping to meet community
needs, volunteer experiences also help students to develop into informed, responsible
citizens. Students can participate in service projects throughout their time at Skidmore,
during community-service pre-orientation programs, as individual volunteers for projects
and causes they are passionate about, as members of a class, club, or team, while
studying abroad, interning at a non-profit agency, or collaborating with faculty on
a community-based research project.
Skidmore’s strategic plan gives particular attention to civic engagement, calling upon us to create an institution that “empowers and inspires all of our students to make the choices required of informed, responsible citizens throughout their lives.” Informed, responsible citizenship is the third goal (of four) in the strategic plan.
Office of Community Service Programs
The Office of Community Service Programs supports student volunteers in the community by identifying opportunities and facilitating placements. The Office also supports service-learning projects in academic courses and helps faculty and students identify opportunities for research that meets community needs.
Michelle received her B.A. in American Studies from Grinnell College and has completed post-graduate work at SUNY Plattsburgh in the field of Higher Ed Management and Administration. She is had been at Skidmore for nine years. Michelle worked at The Doane Stuart School in Albany, New York,as Director of Administrative Services,and as Membership and Marketing Director at the Glens Falls Family YMCA before coming to Skidmore.