Community Action, Learning & Leadership Program

CAll students disaster clean upFounded in 2006, SUNY Old Westbury’s award-winning Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) Program seeks to affect change both in the local community and within the College’s students themselves. The work of the students, faculty and staff through this program has for nine consecutive years earned Old Westbury a place on the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  

By linking community needs to the expertise of our distinguished faculty, experienced staff, and diverse student body, CALL facilitates course-embedded service-learning as a requirement for all first-year students and goal for the College’s liberal arts curriculum.  

CALL students

This community-based learning and action experience provides a unique learning opportunity that promotes civic engagement while building the capacity of partner organizations to meet the needs of their community constituents. Projects developed within the CALL program are of mutual benefit to all stakeholders, enhancing student learning, providing faculty research opportunities and meeting real community needs.

Made possible through support provided by the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund of the Long Island Community Foundation, the establishment of the CALL Program exemplifies Old Westbury’s commitment in the areas of social justice, community outreach and leadership development. Students will make a connection between curricular concepts, community issues and the major problems confronting our global society today. Local communities will benefit through the receipt of needed services, heightened student awareness and the promise of future civic engagement.


Laura Anker
Director, Office of First Year Experience
Student Union, Room 305
Phone: 516-876-3459
Email: ankerl [at] oldwestbury.ed