Norma Bowe has been a social change agent most of her life. She founded the community service and activism group called Be the Change.

Be the Change is a community service and activism group made up of students from Kean University and other Volunteers dedicated to serving the needs of local, state, national, and global community. We believe in a "hands on" approach and building partnerships to affect positive change. 


Community Service and Activism

  • Changing the Landscape for Peace Newark Gardens Projects 2012-present
  • Operation Peanut Butter and Jelly (Newark) 2009-present (weekly)
  • Newark Sustainability Action 2013
  • Unified Valisburg Project (Newark) 2013
  • Lincoln Gardens Project (Newark) 2013
  • International Rescue Committee Darfur Collaboration 2013
  • Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Projects 2012-present
  • “I Have a Dream Foundation” Project 2013
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Project 2012-present
  • Be the Change Memory Garden Project 2012-present
  • Oklahoma Earthquake Project 2013
  • Joplin Relief 2011
  • Tuscaloosa Alabama Project 2011
  • Dream Room Makeover in Union 2011
  • Habitat for Humanity 2011
  • Alabama Costal Foundation Project 2010
  • Gulf Coast Oil Spill Beach Clean Up- Mississippi 2010 and 2011
  • Katrina Relief Service Project- New Orleans 2010 and 2011
  • Toy Drive for the Fishermen of the Gulf 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Circle of Life Children's Hospice Patriots Game Fundraiser 2009
  • Isaiah House- East Orange NJ- Gardening Project 2009
  • Circle of Life Children's Hospice- "Freddy Sale" 2009
  • Hope for the Holiday's Paterson YMCA Homeless Shelter 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Isaiah House Health Education Project 2009-present
  • Isaiah House Teen Homeless Shelter Project 2008
  • Isaiah House Mentoring Program 2008-present
  • Father Hudson House Project 2008
  • Volunteer Professor Northern State Prison, Edna Mahan State Prison, Mountain View State Prison 2007-present

Special Projects and Performances

  • Oil Spill Consultant State of Louisiana 2011
  • Sandy Relief Concert Kean University 2012
  • Lessons in Accountability: Moving toward Peace and Non Violence. 2010

Non-Teaching Activities

  • School Nurse Program Coordinator 2003-present
  • Be the Change Community Service and Activism Group 2007-present
  • Safer Sex Freshman Workshop 2001-presentPraxis Review 2012-present
  • Advisor for KUGAR Kean University Gay Alliance Reformation 2009-present
  • Advisor for NET Sorority 2007-present
  • Advisor for Lamda BETA Fraternity 2008-present
  • Advisor for Circle K Community Service Club 2011-present
  • Advisor for Kean Student Union 2011-present
  • Advisor for Mental Health Alliance 2012-present
normalynnbowe @KeanUniversity faculty member Sharon McKensie took this photo on campus. #kean #spring #beautifulcampus