Office of Community Outreach
For more than 30 years, the Office of Community Outreach (OCO) has upheld the University's mission of empowering students to become contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society. In presenting transformational learning experiences through community service and service-learning, OCO does the following:
- creates an inclusive community of students that is appreciative of diversity
- engages students in collaborative leadership opportunities
- cultivates and sustains reciprocal partnerships with our community
- critically examines issues of social justice at the community level
- supports the integration of service into the academic curriculum
- advocates for the value of experiential education through service
- encourages the development of peer relationships and engagement in the BW community
- fosters an ethic of lifelong service
OCO offers a variety of ways for students to get involved and fulfill experiential learning requirements by serving at the local, national and international levels. Opportunities include one-time projects, weekly service, alternative breaks, international service, leadership positions and more.
Students gain valuable experience in leadership roles as Alternative Spring Break leaders, College Explorations coordinators, special projects team members, Super Saturday coordinators and coordinators for weekly programs.
Learn more about service and outreach opportunities for students at Baldwin Wallace.
Community Outreach Partners
The Office of Community Outreach partners with many community organizations throughout Berea and the Greater Cleveland community. Our philosophy is that service is reciprocal and therefore it is necessary to work in collaboration with our community partners to develop strategies and programs to meet identified community needs.
Throughout the academic year, the Office of Community Outreach plans service programs through which students, faculty and staff can participate. By partnering with your organization, not only are we able to support your mission, but you are helping college students to foster future leadership skills that include citizenship, compassion and caring for the community. Learn more about partnering with BW. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring other ways we can partner with your organization.
Project Affinity Community Partners
Community partners are an essential part of Project Affinity. Community partners contribute time and expertise to supervise the student participant; and $100 to help defray the cost of student stipends, room and board.
Saturday of Service Community Partner Information
Each fall, the Office of Community Outreach hosts a campus-wide service day in conjunction with organizations in Berea and the Greater Cleveland area. Students, faculty and staff come together to serve with a number of different organizations. Participants serve in a variety of ways such as cleaning, sorting food, decorating for the holidays, raking leaves and spending time with older adults at a retirement community.
What is required of Saturday of Service Community Partner Organizations?
All partners must have at least one organization representative on site during the service project to provide direction to the BW participants. We also ask that the representative helps the group understand the importance of their work by providing information about the organization and how the task the group is performing is of benefit. And, of course, please plan plenty of work for the group. Our partners are sometimes surprised by how much a group of energetic college students can accomplish in a few hours!
College Explorations Team
OCO's College Explorations Team (CET) offers the opportunity for groups of middle school-aged students to visit BW and learn about college. The program exposes students to a college campus at a young age to encourage them to see college as a possibility and start preparing now. Visits include a question and answer session with a panel of college students, a brief presentation on preparing for college and a tour of campus. Groups are welcome to bring sack lunches to eat in our Student Union or to purchase food through our Dining Services (CET will assist with arrangements).
OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH STAFF
Christy Burke Walkuski
Director of Community Outreach
Christy is a proud BW alumna, receiving a bachelor's degree in English and education. Following BW, Christy earned a master's degree in higher education administration and student affairs from Loyola University Chicago. Christy served as the assistant director for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida, working with civic leadership, social justice and international service programs. Christy's passion for civic engagement, social justice and human rights led her to serve as the service-learning coordinator for two voyages with Semester at Sea (Summer 2009, Fall 2011). Christy returned to the Cleveland area in 2010 to pursue her Ph.D. in cultural foundations of education at Kent State University. Christy's research interests include civic identity development, the civic empowerment gap and renewing the civic mission of higher education. Christy also is active with the Cleveland Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.
Phone: (440) 826-2301
Assistant Director of Community Outreach
Julie is also a proud alumna of Baldwin Wallace, earning both a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in education from BW. Currently in her ninth year as assistant director, she has had a longstanding history of involvement in OCO both as an undergraduate student and a graduate assistant. Julie enjoys outdoor activities, reading and spending time with friends and family. Julie is passionate about service, education and social justice-related issues.
Phone: (440) 826-8560