NYIT students and Adjunct Instructor Jamel Vanderburg with Legislator Josh Lafazan and Assemblywoman Taylor Raynor

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News Brief: Students Discuss Community Engagement at Chat and Chew Event

November 16, 2018

Pictured: NYIT students at the Chat and Chew legislative event with Jamel Vanderburg (standing, second from left), Assemblywoman Taylor Raynor (standing, third from left), and Legislator Josh Lafazan (standing, fourth from left).

On November 2, ahead of the midterm elections, students gathered for a Chat and Chew legislative event at NYIT-Long Island (Old Westbury, N.Y.). Legislator Josh Lafazan and newly-elected Assemblywoman of the 18th District Taylor Raynor discussed the importance of being active and engaged in the community.

“It’s important to be knowledgeable of the politics around you because it affects every aspect of your life,” said Jamel Vanderburg, adjunct instructor in NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education and organizer of the event. Issues that affect students, including tuition and overall education have an impact on local issues, he explained.

The group also talked about voter engagement and why it’s important to be aware of current issues.

“Make sure you vote in 2019 and beyond!” Vanderburg said.