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Leadership & Volunteerism

The RAM Program is dedicated to building a holistic experience full of amazing opportunities for our students. Within the program you will find several service learning and leadership opportunities made available exclusively to RAM Scholars. These opportunity include both leadership roles and responsibilities, as well as partnerships with local volunteer organizations. In these activities, students are expected to volunteer their time for the benefit of the broader community. They include experiences such as service days, volunteering at both on-campus and off-campus events, fund-raising, and much more.

Participants of these experiences will also receive Applied Learning Credits.  A minimum of 10  hours of Applied Learning Credits are required for all students enrolled after Fall 2019. Many of our RAM Scholars complete this requirement by the end of their Sophomore year. 

More information on each opportunity can be found by click below. 

RAMdom Acts of Service
Peer Leaders
Alternative Spring Break
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RAMdom Acts of Service

The RAM Program offers structured community service events throughout the academic year and summer months! These experiences may involve community partnerships, both nonprofits or and corporate sponsors alike, in order to provide students with the opportunities of benefiting local communities or larger groups in needs.

Over the years, RAMdom Acts of Service has partnered with Suffolk County for their Adopt-A-Highway Program, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Long Island, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, AHRC's Annual Walk The INN of Hempstead and many other local organizations. 

Each new opportunity and information on how to sign up can be found on our main landing page, your Farmingdale email, and our RAM Instagram page. 

For more information on RAMdom Acts of Service, please contact Dylan Gafarian at 

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Peer Programming

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders (PLs) are an integral part of Peer Programming.  PLs serve as orientation leaders for the RAM Summer Kickoff.  The purpose of the Summer Kickoff is to welcome the incoming freshmen to the RAM Program and familiarize them with Farmingdale State College.  The Peer Leaders prepare and facilitate workshops and presentations for the Summer Kickoff and serve as a mentors to the new students by answering their questions and staying in contact with them over the summer and throughout their first year.      

Applications for Peer Leaders will open up on March 3rd, 2023.

Coordinators of Peer Programming:

The Coordinators of Peer Programming serve as liaisons between the RAM Staff and Peer Leaders. CPPs have all previously been Peer Leaders and work directly with the RAM Staff in the selection (which includes reviewing applications and conducting interviews), training, and supervision of a new class of PLs to help make the RAM Summer Kickoff a success!

RAM-torship Program:

RAM-Torship Program is a mentorship program designed to tap into the existing knowledge, skill, and experience of upper-division scholars with the opportunity to transfer these skills to first-year scholars. This program was created to provide insight on the FSC community, career and educational development, and peer-to-peer connection. The peer-to-peer model emboldens students to collaborate, make powerful connections, and develop leadership skills within the FSC and RAM communities.

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Alternative Spring Break

ASB (Alternative Spring Break)

Alternative Spring Break

ASB (Alternative Spring Break) is the Research Aligned Mentorship Programs dedication to engaging students in service with local, domestic, and international communities. This week-long immersive service trip partners students with various community organizations to support efforts such as animal welfare, disaster relief, youth education, environmental concerns, quality affordable housing, health care, food security, and poverty alleviation. 

ASB trips engage students in “hands on” projects and activities that address unmet social needs as determined by the community. Depending on the trip’s focus, the service could reflect building or repairing a house, serving meals, working with youth, maintaining trails, creating care packages, and much more. This work may be both physically and emotionally demanding. Regardless of the project, a students full participation will lead you to gaining new skills, building meaningful relationships, and working towards a more socially just world

To sign up please use this link

To learn more about this years trip, click to download the ASB Information Packet

For more information, please contact Dylan Gafarian at 

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Undergraduate Research

Farmingdale Undergraduate Research Association (FURA)

The purpose of the Farmingdale Undergraduate Research Association is to promote research through various activities on campus. The members of FURA will create connections through personal connections, media, and mentorship. Their main purpose is to build a community in which undergraduates learn to find mentors and begin research. They strive to find research opportunities for all its members.

To join, find FURA on by using RAM Central


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Last Modified 3/23/23