Kawsar Ibrahim
The Macaulay Opportunities Fund has allowed Kawsar Ibrahim to participate
in international service learning.

My name is Kawsar Ibrahim and I am pursuing a psychology major while minoring in studio art, chemistry and biochemistry. During my freshman year at Macaulay, if you had asked me how I was planning to spend my college summers, I would have probably said doing research or shadowing, the typical pre-health student’s summer. Having done both during my first two summers, I still wanted more. And so I ventured into an experience that has become a life-changing journey: I volunteered with the Macaulay Global Brigades amid the mountains and rainforests of Panama. There, I participated in an indigenous welcoming ceremony, made Panamanian friends, constructed a composting latrine for a family and met Fabian, a young boy who came to the clinic we set up at a school for a check-up. He was so excited that we had set up the clinic at his school and did not want to leave. Seeing the excitement in his eyes, we gave him a stethoscope to put on. When he came up to me to “listen” to my heart, I remembered playing with my toy stethoscope as a child; so I too put my stethoscope on his chest. His heart was beating so fast that I felt it run through the chest piece and through my fingers—that’s when I knew that I had experienced what our brigade calls the heartbeat of the world.


Bloomberg NY Cares
Macaulay CSI students join Bloomberg LP employees and New York Cares 
volunteers to paint and beautify the grounds of IS 27, Staten Island


CSI Breast Cancer Walkathon
Breast Cancer Research Assistants, Sophia Varriano and Suriah Iqbal, 
participate in the CSI Breast Cancer Walkathon

Community Service Organizations

Macaulay/CSI students are committed to helping their communities by offering their time to organizations that improve the world around them.

 Students have volunteered at

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • American Cancer Society
  • CSI Center for Student Accessibility
  • DKMS Bone Marrow Drive
  • Families Helping Families
  • Food Bank for New York City
  • Global Medical Brigades
  • Go Project
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lifestyles for the Disabled
  • Lower East Side Girls Club
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Outward Bound
  • MillionTreesNYC
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York Cares
  • NY Methodist Hospital
  • Project Belize Youth Education Program
  • Project Hospitality
  • Relay for Life
  • Richmond University Medical Center
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Sister Island Project
  • Social Good Conference
  • Staten Island Greenbelt
  • Staten Island Zoo
  • Staten Island University Hospital
  • Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
  • YMCA New Americans Welcome Center