Day of Service
During Orientation, new LS students are invited to volunteer for one of several service projects sponsored on campus and throughout NYC. Each service project emphasizes a particular community or social justice issue, which allows students and other volunteers to contribute toward issues that resonate with them.
LS Service Ambassadors
Students that have demonstrated commitment to service and civic engagement. Service Ambassadors participate in a year long program partnering with organizations across New York City to promote awareness of social issues and service opportunities.
LS Alternative Breaks
The Liberal Studies Alternative Breaks (LSAB) program is designed to bring together students interested in service learning and creating social change. The program provides an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and strong friendships, and share rewarding experiences while engaging in both domestic and/or international service. Students will participate in service and educational outings throughout the fall and spring semesters, and participate in an Alternative Break during spring break. Previous LSAB programs in particular have traveled to Detroit & Flint, Michigan, and Antigua, Guatemala.
LS Volunteer Grants
Students who volunteer on an ongoing basis with NYC community organizations are eligible to apply for small grants through Liberal Studies. These grants help offset some of the costs associated with volunteerism, such as transportation and meals. Applicants must be matriculated LS students. Awards range from $100 to $250.
Social Impact Grants
Social Impact Grants fund student initiatives that involve making a difference in communities and enriching the quality of life. These grants model the idea that contributing back to a particular community is both an important educational experience and critical preparation for the practice of global citizenship. Applicants must be matriculated Liberal Studies students in at least the second semester of their first year. Awards range from $500 to $2,000.
The Violet Pantry
The Violet Pantry is a student-run food pantry open to all members of the Liberal Studies community. Developed by the Liberal Studies Service Ambassadors to bolster food security, it is stocked with non-perishable foods and fresh produce, as well as personal hygiene products and books. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.