Community Service

To serve as a resource for students, faculty, and staff of the University of New Haven community and to foster relationships between the surrounding community and the University of New Haven.

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Ashley DiScanio
Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Service
(203) 479-4585

My name is Ashley DiScanio, I am currently working towards my master’s degree is National Security and Public Safety. I recently completed a B.S. in National Security and a B.A. in Global Studies at the University of New Haven.


Malta, New York

Undergraduate Institution

University of New Haven


B.S in National Security
B.A. in Global Studies

Area of study at University of New Haven

National Security and Public Safety

Experience with community service

During my time as an undergrad at the University of New Haven, I was a part of the National Service Fraternity on campus called Alpha Phi Omega (APO). With this organization, I was able to complete 25 hours of community service per semester. Some of my favorite volunteer opportunities with APO include helping sort food at the Connecticut Food Bank, assisting with Girl Scout workshops and participating in Up Till Dawn.

I was also a part of the President’s Public Service Fellowship where I was placed at a nonprofit for a summer. I was fortunate to work as the Volunteer Coordination Intern at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS).

Today, I continue to volunteer at IRIS within their childcare services. I also regularly help at Loaves and Fishes in New Haven.

What community service means to me

For me, volunteering my time with various community service projects and nonprofits within the area is a privilege. It is a privilege to be able to help people who may not know how to help themselves and it is a privilege to be able to interact with all types of people within the area. Taking advantage of the different community service opportunities is one of the best things that I was able to do in college and I have so many great memories because of it.

My hope for students looking to get involved in community service

My hope for students is that they find various organizations within the community that help them interact with the public and serve others in ways that they have never before. College can be a time of great self-centeredness but my hope is that students look beyond themselves to the needs of the community.

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