Students weaved in and out of the Center for Centers open house, which featured a conglomeration of Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, the Environmental Center and Student Diversity and Inclusion administration in Bassis Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 15.
First-year undecided major Ellie Tille is the lead community engagement coordinator for Dumke. The center works to get students involved with the surrounding community, according to Tille.
“[We engage students,] whether that’s through community service projects, outside of Westminster [College] or even on campus,” Tillie said. “We also work to get them registered to vote.”
Seamus O’Connor, a senior psychology and sports management major, said he heard about this event through his psychology professor.
“[The open house] looks great,” O’Connor said. “It’s all very well laid out and you have drinks and snacks here, and everyone has smiles on their faces, so it’s very nice.”
For students looking to become involved with student engagement or to make new connections, Tille said Bassis is the place to go.
“We have the kindest staff, whether at the Dumke Center or the Environmental Center or Diversity Inclusion Center,” Tille said. “Everyone is beyond friendly and willing to work with anyone, even grab a coffee with anyone.”
The center makes it a goal to collaborate with students, see what they are passionate about and “put it into a reality,” according to Tille.
Tyler Andersen, a senior economics major, said they work for Dumke and have felt firsthand the impact of the center’s resources and community building.
“The resources that I’ve gotten from Dumke and from everyone that is in these centers is just unbelievable,” Andersen said. “I’ve made such good friends here — honestly my best friends here at Westminster.”