Nova Southeastern University goes beyond its primary mission of providing school and university curricula by reaching out to the community with diverse community service and clinical programs, community-based research and resources. NSU ranks third among all private colleges nationally in the percentage of federal work-study dollars that it devotes to community service according to researchers at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
NSU Community Engaged Designations
Carnegie Foundation Elective Category of Community Engaged
Nova Southeastern University earned the Carnegie Foundation prestigious category as a community engaged higher education institution in January 2010. NSU earned this recognition through a rigorous process that included a self-study submission. NSU was awarded the community engaged designation in both categories, "Curricular Engagement" and in "Outreach and Partnerships". A complete definition of each is provided below:
To demonstrate curricular engagement, institutions were asked to describe teaching, learning, and scholarly activities that engage faculty, students, and the community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration, address community-identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance the well-being of the community, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.
To demonstrate outreach and partnerships, they were asked to describe two related approaches to community engagement: first, the provision of institutional resources for community use in ways that benefited both the campus and the community and second, collaborations and faculty scholarship that constituted a beneficial exchange, exploration, discovery, and application of knowledge, information, and resources. The requirements of both sections, when met, describe an institution deeply engaged with its community.
View Carnegie's Community-Engagement Classification: Intentions and Insights
NSU rated one of 20 Colleges Nationwide Committed to Community Service
Nova Southeastern University (Nova) learned in July 2011 that it was rated one of the top 20 colleges in the nation committed to community service by BestCollegesOnline. View the entire article by visting USA Today Online.
Community Engagement Offices and Volunteer Opportunities
Community Outreach Programs and Services
The following is a listing of community outreach programs and services available at NSU. Click on the links for further details and contact information.
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By Academic Center
- Expanding Postbacalaureate Educational Opportunities and Quality by Creating Warm Connections with Hispanic and Low-income Graduate Students (Title V-Part B)
- University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.)
- Deaver Foundation/Enlightenment Foundation Grant
- SeniorComp: Computer Literacy for Older Adults
- P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project Training Program
- Understanding the Post-Deployment Experiences of OEF/OIF Marine Corps Veterans: A Phenomenological Study
- Impact of Yoga Therapy on Veterans with PTSD
- Evaluation of a Holistic Program for Military Service Members and their Families
- Speech-Language Services
- Surf Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cooper City/Davie Autism Awareness Day
- Voice/Resonance Evaluations with Endoscopy
Contact Abraham S. Fischler School or call Jamie Manburg at (954) 262-7823.
The Psychology Services Center offers services to residents of the tricounty area, including adults, children, adolescents, and elderly clients. Specialized clinical training programs provide service to the community through the following:
- ADHD Assessment and Consultation Treatment Program
- Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program
- Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program
- Clinical Health and Biofeedback Program
- Family Violence Program
- Guided Self-Change Program
- Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program
- Neuropsychology Assessment Center
- Nova Southeastern University Counseling Center for Older Adults (NCCOA)
- Program for the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
- Psychology Assessment Center
- School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions Clinic
- Trauma Resolution Integration Program
Contact: The Psychology Services Center at (954) 262-5730
The College of Health Care Sciences strives to provide professionals with the skills necessary for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and disability in order to assure optimum health conditions in the community and beyond.
In light of this mission;
- The Physician Assistant Program hosts outreach activities in rural and urban communities in Florida such as Clewiston, Davie, and Belle Glade, as well as international missions in Peru and Guatemala.
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy students treat developmentally challenged children.
- The Doctor of Audiology students and faculty provide;
- hearing evaluation and hearing aid fitting services as part of the Healthy Communities services for the athletes that participate in the Special Olympics.
- participate annually in fundraising for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and participate in the Vision Walk.
- "Lunch and Learn" seminars on contemporary topics of hearing, hearing loss, amplification and communication to the community
- Sonography students and faculty participate in health fairs to include
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) through Health Care Fairs in Florida including “Boomers and Beyond.”
- Faculty and students participate on the Inter-professional Diabetes Education and Awareness (IDEA) Initiative
- Students participate of community service initiatives via personal proposals through SGA on a yearly basis.
Contact the College of Health Care Sciences or call Guy Nehrenz at (954) 262-1213.
The Physician Assistant Program hosts outreach activities in rural and urban communities in Florida, as well as in Peru and Guatemala.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy students treat developmentally challenged children.
The Audiology Clinic provides hearing and balance services to the community.
Contact the College of Health Care Sciences or call Guy Nehrenz at (954) 262-1213.
The college improves dental care for underserved patients by offering training programs in communites with diverse populations.
Contact the College of Dental Medicine or call Diane Ede-Nichols at (954) 262-7378.
The Nova Southeastern University, College of Nursing supports community activities, engaging both faculty and students in meeting the needs of communities in central and south Florida regions. The College of Nursing has online student across the United States and abroad. These students participate in community projects close to home. In the fall semester (2012) 179 undergraduate students provided 8,884 hours of service to the medically underserved in 3 counties and 18 community sites.
The College of Nursing provides services to the community in partnership with agencies and organizations to serve diverse populations. Nursing’s partnerships include but are not limited to:
- A Day for Children
- Baptist Health Care System
- Broward Health
- Broward Regional Health Planning Council
- HOPE South Florida
- Lee Memorial Health System
- Lifenet for Families
- March of Dimes
- Memorial Health Care System
- Noble McArtor Adult Day Care
- REACH Fair
- Relay for Life
Contact the College of Nursing or call Mary Ellen Mitchell-Rosen at (954) 262-1998.
The Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry supports community activities by engaging faculty, staff and students in addressing the visual health concerns of communities in south Florida and in the world.
Through The Eye Care Institute at NSU, the College of Optometry provides quality low cost eye care services to the community serving diverse populations at five permanent clinic sites in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Fourth year clinical externs provide care at 59 clinics across the United States. Optometric physician residents rotate through 12 sites in the region.
Students and faculty provide humanitarian vision care in underserved areas in developing countries through three organizations—the student chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (sVOSH), the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO), and the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA).
Teams of volunteers from the College actively participate in delivering visual health information at health fairs, health talks and other events. Volunteers support advocacy and raising awareness for visual health-related issues by participating in fun walks and fund-raisers in solidarity with those impacted by visual impairment and health related concerns.
Examples of recent community partnerships:
- Special Olympics Opening Eyes/Healthy Athletes
- Day for Children
- Foundation Fighting Blindness
- Optometry Giving Sight
- Lighthouse of Broward
- Kids in Distress, Inc.
- Fort Lauderdale Lions Club
- Walk Now for Autism Speaks
- Memorial Healthcare Systems
- REACH Fair
- North Broward Hospital District
- Children's Services Council of Broward
- American Diabetes Association
- Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Fort Lauderdale Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Southwest Focal Point Community Center
- Boomers and Beyond -- Day of Wellness
- Broward Extension Program/IFAS Tree Trimmers Certification
- Broward 4-H
- Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
- Impact Girls, Inc.
- American Cancer Association
- Macula Vision Research Foundation
Contact the College of Optometry or call Janet Leasher, O.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.O. at (954) 262-1456.
The college holds forums that provide information on medications to area seniors, helping them better understand prescription drugs and their side effects.
Specialized clinical training programs, course requirements, and College of Pharmacy student organizations provide service to the community in partnership with the following agencies and various health educational opportunities and screenings:
- Asthma 101
- Boomers and Beyond
- Cholesterol screenings
- Day for Children
- Health and Wellness Education Speakers Bureau
- Health screening activities on public health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and asthma
- HIV education and awareness programs
- Immunization awareness programs for adults and children
- Interdisciplinary international medical missions
- Medicare Part D education series
- Operation Medicine Cabinet
- Reach Health Fair
- Women in Distress
Contact the College of Pharmacy or call Elizabeth Shepherd at (954) 262-1314.
NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) hosts and supports outreach community events in the South Florida region meeting the needs of local IT professionals and the senior citizen community.
- Douglas Gardens (Senior Living Facility) Computer Training
- Cyber Security Awareness Month Special Events
- IT Palooza – Toys for Tots
Contact Computer and Information Sciences or call Jessica Rodriguez at (954) 262-2021.
The Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and
Justice is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and
families in need. The Institute partners with community agencies to engage
in community-based applied research in the areas of reintegration for returning
veterans and their families, gerontology, child welfare, and developmental
disabilities. In addition, the Center for Applied Research on Substance
Use and Health Disparities (ARSH) conducts critical research in the areas of
substance abuse, health risk behaviors, and health disparities among vulnerable
With funding from United Way of Broward County and in
collaboration with Mission United, the Center for Veterans Assistance provides
free individual therapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment services
to veterans and their families.
Contact the Study of Human Service, Health, and Justice or call Kimberly Durham at (954) 262-8601.
NSU's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) is a multidisciplinary demonstration and professional training center for education, research, and the advancement of knowledge in early childhood, parenting, and autism across the life span. Through our community outreach activities, theoretical concepts are demonstrated and translated into meaningful teaching practices for professionals and provide supports to early childhood centers in high-risk communities.
Recent outreach partnerships have included:
- Early Learning Coalition of Broward County- Outcomes Driven Training
- A.D. Henderson Foundation Healthy Beginnings Two-
- Bank of America Play Together, Learn Together-
- School Readiness and Early Learning (SREL) committees
- Jack and Jill Children’s Center-KaBoom
- Children’s Services Council and Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
- U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with Broward County Public Schools Early Reading First
- School Board of Broward County and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Early Learning Coalition
- Museum of Discovery & Science
- Florida Department of Children and Families
- Broward County Public Libraries
- Dan Marino Foundation
- Autism Speaks
Contact the Mailman Segal Center or call Jamie Mayersohn at (954) 262-7113.
- Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
- Guy Harvey Research Institute
- National Coral Reef Institute
- Save Our Seas Shark Centre
Contact the Oceanographic Center or call Melissa L. Dore at (954) 262-3610.
- Mediation Project
- Consumer Protection Internship
- Public Interest Law Center - Students have the opportunity to work with public-sector attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance at non-profit and government agencies
- Street Law Program
Contact the Shepard Broad Law Center or call Sharon Booth at (954) 262-6126.
Instilling a sense of personal and civic responsibility in students is something University School takes seriously. Our students learn the value of helping others, and you see that spirit at work at every age level. From packing goods for earthquake victims, writing letters to those serving in the armed forces, or collecting toys for underprivileged children, University School students and faculty put their hearts into helping others.
At University School, we recognize the importance of being a responsible and contributing member of our community. In fact, to graduate, Upper School students must earn 100 hours of community service. However, for most of our students, that service becomes much more than a graduation requirement. Last year's graduating class devoted over 100,000 volunteer hours during their high school years.
Contact the University School of NSU or call Stacey Gonzalez at (954) 262-4452.
Health Care Centers
The Division of Clinical Operations oversees the administration and oversight of the University's 20 different health care centers in Miami-Dade and Broward county's. Offering University health care services to the community, some not available elsewhere, and community outreach programs in the form of free health care education and assessments for vision, medical, speech, and behavior health. physical and occupational therapy and dental services. To learn more about our Health Care Centers, visit www.nova.edu/healthcare/.
By Administrative Department
Contact Innovation and Information Technology or call (954) 262-4916.
Division of Student Affairs offers a wide variety of opportunities for students
to engage in community involvement both on and off-campus. Examples of
involvement opportunities includes: service trips, connections with local
community partners, service-based student organizations, Hunger Banquet, and
much more. Additionally we offer a variety of leadership development
programs focused on emerging leaders and continued development of leadership
Contact Student Affairs or call (954) 262-7195.
By Outreach Programs and Community-Based Research