Nova Southeastern University goes beyond its primary mission of providing school and university curricula by reaching out to the community with diverse 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.
Nova Southeastern University's 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.
By Academic Center
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 Psychology Assessment and Consultation Center
- Trauma Resolution Integration Program
Contact: The Psychology Services Center at extension 25730
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: Guy Nehrenz at extension 21213.
The college improves dental care for underserved patients by offering training programs in communites with diverse populations.
Contact: Diane Ede-Nichols at extension 27378.
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.
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
- 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
Mary Ellen Mitchell-Rosen
Phone: 954-262 1998
The College provides visual health information at health fairs, health talks and other events.
Contact: Janet Leasher at extension 21456.
- Area health-education centers
- Rural medicine-training program
- HIV partnership for community
- International medical missions
- Center for Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness
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
- Broward County Mental Health Association
- Broward and Palm Beach County schools
- First Call for Help
- Health and Wellness Education Speakers Bureau
- Palm Beach County Mental Health Association
- Women in Distress
- Area Health Education Centers Rural Medicine Training Program
- Cooperative Feeding Program
- Immunization awareness programs for adults and children
- Tobacco addiction recovery programs
- American Lung Association partnership for education, grades 3–5
- Cholesterol screenings
- Health screening activities on public health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and asthma
- HIV education and awareness programs
- Interdisciplinary international medical missions
- Medicare Part D education series
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Shepherd at extension 21314.
- Lifelong Learning Institute
- Distinguished Speaker Series
- NSU Theater productions and facilities
Contact: Jackie Jenkins at extension 27630.
Externally Funded Grants
- Expanding Postbacalaureate Educational Opportunities and Quality by Creating Warm Connections with Hispanic 2nd Low-income Graduate Students (Title V-Part B)
- Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.)
- Collaborative Outreach, Assessment and Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless (COATCH)
- Deaver Foundation/Enlightenment Foundation Grant
Internally Funded Grants
- A Mixed-Methods Study on Returning Veterans Experiencing a Holistic Therapeutic Program
Contact: Jamie Manburg at extension 27823.
- Brief Therapy Institute (BTI)
- Community Nutrition Awareness Project (CNAP)
- Community Resolution Services (CRS)
- The Civility Project
- Project on Culture and Creativity in Conflict and Peace Building
- Students United with Parents and Educators to Resolve Bullying (SUPERB)
- Hudson Institute of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
- International Institute for Franchise Management
- Distinguished Lecture Series
Contact: Kristie Tetrault at extension 25159.
- Adult Education and Training Programs
- The Baudhuin Preschool
- Family Center Village Preschool
- Infant and Toddler Program
- Moran Community Outreach Initiative
- Parenting Place
- Starting Right Program
- Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic
Contact: Jamie Mayersohn at extension 27113.
- Guy Harvey Research Institute
- National Coral Reef Institute
Contact: Missy Dore at extension 23610.
- 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: Sharon Booth at extension 26126.
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.
For information about collaborative opportunities at University School, please contact 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/.
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