The Center for Leadership & Community Engagement has a number of student organizations with which to get involved! Make sure to check them out below!
Join us in our adventure! Make progress by connecting and engaging in events, programs, and initiatives that make a difference in communities across Central Florida. JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress) provides Rollins College students, faculty, and staff the opportunity for personal growth and experiential education through campus and community involvement.
JUMP events are open to all members of the Rollins College community, including friends and families.To become involved with JUMP, or to create your own initiative, please contact the JUMP committee.
First Year: Shelby Thigpen SThigpen@rollins.edu
Organizational: Devin Moscovitz DMoscovitz@rollins.edu
Impact: Frank Zhuang XZhuang@rollins.edu
Marketing Co-Chairs: Anikke Albornoz; Chu Chu
Environmental and Animal Chair: Luke Parsley
Arts and Culture: Bianca Silva
Health and Wellness Chair: Nicole Villafuerte
Hunger and Homelessness Chairs: Melanie De La Paz, Patricke Belle
Youth and Education Chair: Estefania Toro Betancur, Courtney Burkhart
First Year Team: Camille Craig, Nick Johnson, Sydney Pultman, Josephine Spiegelberg, Mary Vickers, Kristine Rapprich
If JUMP does not have a project that sparks your interest, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement may be able to aid you in your initiative. Contact Sofia Macias for more information.
Stay connected by liking JUMP's Page!
“It only takes one event to get a student—or faculty member—hooked. Our events are about small moments that you take away with you, such as the child you bond with at Give Kids the World Village, or the wall you build at Habitat for Humanity. Being a part of JUMP, I feel so much more connected to Rollins now, and I try to think every day about at least one thing I can do to make someone else’s life better." - Amanda Wittebort ’13
All disasters have three stories. The first is the storm itself: landfall, immediate destruction and devastation. The second is the aftermath: the statistics, the damage, and recovery. The final story is rebuilding.
Rollins Relief’s most successful and ambitious relief opportunity is with the Katrina Relief Program. Hurricane Katrina had three stories. The storm washed away hundreds of thousands of homes displacing families across the nation, and one of the greatest cities in the United States was practically wiped out. Rollins Relief responded by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity. The first four recovery teams worked on gutting homes in St. Bernard Parish, located just several miles outside of Downtown New Orleans. The next five teams partnered on rebuilding in the upper and lower ninth wards. The third story of Katrina has yet to be written. Rollins Relief provides service learning by educating its students, offering life changing experiences, and self-fulfilling engagement in the greater community.
In January of 2011, Rollins Relief completed its’ 10th journey to New Orleans in partnership, again, with Habitat for Humanity, rebuilding communities with locals and with each other, and by studying the disaster through film, text, and local engagement.
Rollins Relief is not limited to Katrina Relief. Its mission is to be active in the local community and have the ability to respond rapidly to disaster. In recent years, Rollins Relief has also responded to the aftermath of local tornados and international disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti and tsunami in Japan.
President: Kaitlyn Cimenian
Immersion Facilitators: Arden Baxter
Fundraising Coordinator: Mollie Thibodeau
Events Coordinator: Ibrahim Musri
Social Media Coordinator: Ada Spahija
Print and Unique Media Coordinator: Open
Secretary: Rachael Munoz
“I wish we had some other word than ‘service’ for this kind of work. Service implies that we are giving something of ourselves away to other people. The best service experiences I’ve had have always left me feeling like there was no way I could ever repay that place or those people for what they’ve given me.” - Sam Barns ’10
The Student Support Foundation is a student-run initiative that has a small pot of funding from the Morgridge Family Foundation to allocate each semester in order to promote the development and participation of Rollins students in becoming global citizens and responsible leaders.
Financial Assistance areas of short-term and long-term focus:
If you have any questions about the application process, or if you are eligible to apply for funding or the Student Support Foundation in general, please e-mail Lexi Tomkunas. For the Fall 2016 semester, completed applications received before Monday at 5pm will be reviewed the same week.
In order to apply, please fill out the application. Also, please make sure to submit a separate, itemized budget sheet and e-mail it to the Student Support Foundation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
President Lexi Tomkunas
Student Outreach Coordinator JT Henry
Logistical Coordinator Ryan Colangelo
Secretary Trippe Erwin
Make sure to like the Student Support Foundations's Facebook page!
Knowledge of the English language is a key component for professional and social life in the United States. Project Bridge helps bridge the language gap for Rollins' staff who wish to enhance their ability to converse, read, and write in the English language.
Mission Project Bridge is a campus-wide organization in which Rollins' staff is provided the opportunity to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, empowering them with the skills to properly communicate in the English language. The classes are offered to staff mid-day on Rollins' campus by a certified ESL instructor. In addition to classes, each staff member is provided the opportunity to utilize another Rollins' student as a free English tutor through Project Bridge. Project Bridge is an experience that positively benefits all who are involved.
Benefits Members of the Rollins' community are given the opportunity to tutor the staff in small group settings. Tutors may work with one to three ESL students. This provides an instantly rewarding option that allows students to earn service hours, tutoring experience, and develop meaningful relationships with the Rollins' staff.
Requirements No previous tutoring experience is necessary, training will be provided. Tutors are required to show a positive attitude and respect towards the staff. They must also arrange weekly tutoring sessions with their assigned staff member(s) and meet on a consistent basis. Tutors are also required to attend all tutor training meetings.
History Project Bridge was started in 2008 by a single Rollins' professor, Patricia Tomé, who witnessed the need and desire for ESL classes to be offered on campus. She then taught those classes for many years, and acquired help from Spanish language students and the Latin American Students Association to serve as tutors to her ESL students/staff members. Project Bridge continues to grow and is now supported by the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE), the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement (CICI), Facilities, and Sodexho Inc.
Project Bridge featured in the Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-rollins-students-tutor-staff-20131205,0,5790241.story
Contacts If you are interested in being a part of Project Bridge, please contact Sade Simms or Taylor McGowan at email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in Project Bridge!!