CIVICA Civic Outreach Work Package leader Chrys Margaritidis reveals how engagement can actively connect universities with local communities.
CEU welcomed students from Deak Diak Elementary School from Budapest’s 8th district in the framework of the Widening Participation program of the Civic Engagement Office on October 27 and November 17. The students met CEU staff, explored the campus on a building tour, joined an interactive presentation in the CEU Baby Lab, and talked to current CEU students about the importance of education.
Zsuzsanna Jaszberenyi, director of Admissions at CEU, started her campaign for homeless people in 2009, when Budapest shelters ran out of funds and couldn’t provide food for the homeless. “Families were encouraged to cook for people in need. After doing so for a while at home, I shared the call with the CEU community, and we repeat the drive every year,” Jaszberenyi says.
As a civic engagement initiative of CEU, four students, under the supervision of CEU’s Media & Visual Education Specialist, Jeremy Braverman, participated in the 1st International Roma Storytelling Festival on July 27-28th in Budapest. The event, organized by the Independent Theater Hungary, aimed to shed light on the values of Roma theatre, to draw attention to the situation of Roma communities, especially of Roma women, and to put exemplary life courses, role models and heroes in the spotlight.
CEU is not just a campus, it is a community whose members are committed to contributing to Budapest and to working with our neighbors in the city and beyond. Proudly Hungarian, CEU made its home in Budapest more than a quarter of a century ago and, key to our open society mission is engaging with others to improve our city, our country and our world.
Bankito, Hungary’s biggest socially conscious festival will be held this year July 12-16 with the topic of corruption taking center stage. Those who are interested in social inequalities, have experience in working with vulnerable, oppressed groups or simply have some ideas on how one could convey such issues to the average festival goer in an accessible way, are welcome to volunteer.
- state corruption, politics: „which you look at from afar”
Support a local charity organization and try delicious food at the same time at Szimpla Farmer’s Market on Sunday, March 5.
At the ‘Common Cauldron’ Community Cooking event the Dean of Students Office Team will prepare and serve lunch to visitors for a donation that will be given to ‘RÉS’ Social and Cultural Foundation to purchase bean bags for the Temporary Home for Families.
Lunch will be served from 12 noon.
Venue: Szimpla Farmer’s Market/Szimplakerti Háztáji Piac
A big thank you to those who took the time to donate blood February 6 at CEU. 55 people signed up and 39 were able to give blood. CEU partners the Hungarian Red Cross staff were very pleased with this turnout. Thank you!
The Hungarian Red Cross will hold its annual blood drive at CEU on Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the October Hall (Oktober 6. street 7, ground floor, across from the main entrance). To register, participants will need to produce one form of ID from each of the following three categories: 1) official ID/passport; 2) residence card/residence permit and official proof of address in Hungary; 3) TAJ card/EU health insurance card (blue) or national social security card.