UAlbany Students Making an Impact

Despite hectic schedules and heavy course loads, many UAlbany students make community engagement and outreach a priority, volunteering at and developing partnerships with community organizations throughout the Capital Region. UAlbany is proud of the work that these thoughtful and committed students do to address local needs.

Student Association Partners with Hackett Middle School

It is going to be another busy semester for the Student Association's (SA) Department of Community Engagement and Outreach. It is continuing efforts to promote an alliance between UAlbany students and the greater Capital Region community.

This semester, SA is partnering with Hackett Middle School on a student-to-student initiative called "Discover UAlbany". After a successful visit to the school as part of President Jones' Inaugural events, SA took the initiative to expand the program. With the collaboration of many UAlbany student organizations, SA's community engagement volunteers have organized weekly after-school visits to Hackett in an effort to emphasize to students the importance of staying in school and attending college.
Every Wednesday from January 29th through March 12th, a different UAlbany student group will share with Hackett students the experience of college and what their group is and/or does around campus. The goal is to expose middle school students to different majors, activities, options and career choices they will have if they choose to attend college. In addition, the successful UAlbany students who participate in these visits can set great examples and be role models for these young teenagers. Participating UAlbany groups include: a group of pre-law students; Leaders in Service; the Professional Fraternity Council; Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance; and Sisters with Pride.

For more information about this initiative or other SA-sponsored community events, please contact Rose Avellino, SA Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, at

School of Public Health GSO Stays Active in the Albany Community

UAlbany's graduate students are also active in the local community. Even before students arrived back to campus from the winter recess, the School of Public Health Graduate Student Organization (SPH GSO) had already organized two community service projects.

The SPH GSO Executive Board joined the staff and volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to assist in organizing, packing, and weighing donations to be distributed to the Food Bank's many community partners. They plan to return with an even larger group of students at the end of February. Additionally, the SPH GSO purchased and prepared breakfast for families living at Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region.

Still to come is the School of Public Health's biggest volunteer event of the semester. This April, SPH students will host the annual International Night -- a night of food, cultural performances, and a charitable raffle. Last year's International Night event attracted over 150 students, faculty, and community members and raised over $800 for the Engeye Clinic in Uganda.

For more information about community activities sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and their affiliates, please contact Sarah Pragen, GSA Director of Communications, at