Service Learning Projects

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Rachel Wu, Queens Historical Society: A Sociohistorical Approach on Gentrification in Flushing: Culture and Community

Melissa Rodriguez, Queens Community House: Plant Dreams

Yadira Dumet, Woodside on the Move: An Analysis of NYC Rent Exemption Programs SCRIE and DRIE

Alex Cheung, MinKwon Community Center: The Needs and Wants of Minkwon Center’s Clients

Maya Lashley, Queens Historical Society: Home Immigrant Migration in Queens

Paul Kim, Queens Borough President’s Office: New York City’s Self-Storage Text Amendment (and its impact on Queens?)

The Future of Downtown Flushing,” our Service Learning Project Class, created this video to highlight residents’ perspectives on the rezoning of downtown Flushing.



Denny Back
Community Partner: MinKwon Center for Community Action
To help MinKwon meet the needs of East Asian communities in Queens, Denny conducted research on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program started in 2012 by the Obama administration that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as minors to receive a renewable two-deferment of deportation and eligibility for a work permit. From that research he produced a brochure that provides a detailed explanation of the program and how to apply.

Ariana Durkovic
Community Partner: NYPIRG
Ariana researched and produced Help End Hunger and Homelessness, a resource guide about New York City homeless organizations, soup kitchens and rescue missions; as well as information about campaigns to address homelessness and hunger.

Adelaide Webb

Community Partner: Center for Community Alternatives

Adelaide conducted research on resources available for helping reduce recidivism among juvenile offenders and produced a series of documents to be given to youth and their families. Sample documents can be seen here.


FALL 2015

Alyssa Grossman

Community Partner: Queens Community House Food Access Program

As part of her work at Pomonok Houses, Alyssa created a community/public housing health resource guide.


Brianna Tambone

Community Partner: Center for Community Alternatives

For her semester project, Brianna conducted research on the psychology of youth crime and developed a brochure explaining “the teenage brain.”


FALL 2014

Andreeia Torres

Community Partner: CultivateHK/Clinton Housing Development Corp.

As part of her internship with CultivateHK Andreeia mapped existing community gardens and parks and open space in Hell’s Kitchen.

Kristofer Cadiuex

Community Partner: WeACT

In support of WeACT’s efforts to expand awareness of the benefits of urban agriculture Kristofer created an informational brochure – including a step-by-step guide to starting an urban farm – and created a map of existing vacant lots/potential urban farm sites in northern Manhattan.

Paty Perez and Cristina Rodriguez

Latin Women in Action/Mujeres Latinas en Accion

In the fall of 2014 LWA launched an educational campaign about human trafficking. Paty created the survey, My Voice Matters, to help the organization gauge community awareness about the issue, while Cristina produce a short film, Change Your Reality, to raise awareness.


We conducted a study of the planning initiatives in Downtown Flushing to gather information about the area. Click on the image below to view our final project!

FALL 2013

Cody Bachu and Satwika Reddy

Community Partner: NYC Brownfield Partnership

With the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program up for review within the coming year, Cody and Satwika conducted comparative research on brownfield programs in other states and assessed their relative strengths and weaknesses. Their final report can be accessed here.

Beth Weinstein

Community Partner: North Shore University/Long Island Jewish Hospital

North Shore University/Long Island Jewish Hospital is exploring ways to insure its patient follow-up and treatment programs are as effective as possible. As part of this ongoing effort, Beth conducted research into existing ways of measuring care transition quality, analyzed NSU/LIJ’s existing program and provided recommendations for the future.

Wendlyn Barbot

Community Partner: Ironbound Community Corporation

With expansion of the Bayonne Bridge expected to increase truck traffic into the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey, the Ironbound Community Corporation launched a study to assess the potential environmental impacts on the community. Wendlyn produced a report on the negative effects of diesel emissions for the resulting white paper.


Lilas Randrianarivony

Community Partner: GrowNYC

Lilas created detailed lesson plans for an environmental education unit on Habitat Restoration and Water Health which was part of GrowNYC’s Watershed Education and Tree Stewardship Module. An excerpt from her work appears here.

Erick Ramos

Community Partner: Queens Community House

Queens Community House wanted to better understand which languages were spoken by their constituents and the various media they turned to stay connected with their ethnic and cultural background. Erick used a variety of research resources to produce a detailed report.

Benjamin Mostel 

Community Partner: GrowNYC

Ben developed a hands-on instructional brochure (an excerpt of which appears here) that explains the materials and scientific processes at work in a pizza box solar oven as part of GrowNYC’s module for teaching students about the potential uses of solar energy.

Christopher Gueci

Community Partner: Community Environmental Center

One of Christopher’s responsibilities was finding new buildings to take part in the Community Environmental Center’s Cool Roofs program. He created a database and maps of a 10-block area showing buildings already coated, those in the process, and new leads to pursue.


FALL 2012 

Laura Harrison and Samantha Kendall

Community Partner: Queens Community House

Laura and Samantha built a database of people who use Queens Community House’s housing programs in order to help the organization analyze and identify client needs.

Natalie Agosto

Community Partner: Flushing YMCA/Beacon Center

After surveying youth members about  the Y’s existing after-school offerings, Natalie developed a proposal for additional programs and operating standards.

Vikki Sagram

Community Partner: 311 New York Call Center

This brochure is designed to help the Elderly, Students, Tenants, & Landlords understand how the 311 New York Call Center can help them.

David Nicholas

Community Partner: GrowNYC

David created an intermediate-level instruction packet for GrowNYC’s Solar Oven program and augmented their Watershed curriculum. The goal was to include certain key science concepts to get the kids thinking about their surroundings and renewable resources.

Lennie Zwibel

Community Partner: Sustainable Long Island

Lennie researched and mapped the locations of farmer’s markets on Long Island, in addition to surveying customers at Sustainable Long Island’s own market and collecting data on food distribution locations.



Dasi Fruchter
Community Partner: Uri L’Tzedak

This video is a short summary of the work I did at Uri L’Tzedek, a social justice organization based in the Orthodox Jewish community. My project involved developing several workshop curricula for adult and teen social justice education.


Zahra Wornum
Community Partner: Queens Botanical Garden

While interning at Queens Botanical Garden, I researched American Disabilities Act regulations and non-profit practices regarding reduced admission fees for caregivers accompanying physically challenged people. This research was important to Queens Botanical Garden as it prepared to shift from free to fee-based admission. The following video describes this research in more detail.

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