2014 Recipients
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California State University

 

California State University

California State University, Fullerton strives to be a center of activity for the intellectual, cultural and economic development of its region. With more than 13,000 students engaged in the community through courses and volunteer service, Cal State Fullerton maintains reciprocal community partnerships across a diverse range of fields. The Urban Agriculture Community-Based Research Experience (U-ACRE), for instance, comprises several community-based research projects with multiple partners to advance healthy and sustainable nutrition and agriculture to address issues like obesity, diabetes and hunger.


 

Georgia College

 

 

Georgia College & State University

As Georgia’s public liberal arts university, Georgia College & State University takes learning beyond the classroom not only to develop the skills of its own students, but also to enrich the lives of the local and global communities. Georgia College pursues a vision of public stewardship that focuses on economic development, public education, and health and wellness in its central Georgia communities. As an illustration, the Live Healthy Baldwin (LHB) partnership includes over 15 local organizations, agencies and businesses focused on increasing healthy eating and active living.

 

 

 

Hampshire College

 

Hampshire College

At Hampshire College, commitment to civic and community engagement and social responsibility is a founding principle. Every student is challenged through a 40-hour minimum community engagement and learning requirement to seek innovative ways to address critical needs as defined by communities on and off campus. Hampshire’s Sustainability Initiative connects learning and engagement to efforts to serve healthy, locally produced food on campus. Hampshire’s Farm Center—one of the few working farms at liberal arts institutions—is also a growing collaborative hub for members of the agricultural community and the Five College Consortium in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts to explore sustainable systems for local food sourcing.

 

 

Rice University

 

Rice University

At Rice University, civic engagement begins in a mission that aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contribution to the betterment of the world. Richer engagement with the university’s home city of Houston also features prominently in its new strategic plan. The Community Bridges program, housed in Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, delivers on this mission by targeting poverty in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Community Bridges Fellows partner with a range of local nonprofit organizations to develop and implement long-term projects focused on sustainable reduction of poverty in this neighborhood.

 

 

University of Tennessee

 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Founded in 1886, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga promotes community engagement as a source of educational experience for its students as well as an opportunity to enhance its neighboring region. Indeed, the imperative of “meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement” is a part of its mission statement. Capitalizing on Chattanooga’s reputation as a one-time railroad hub, the university is partnering with the city to become a hub of innovation in transportation technology, with partnerships exploring alternative fuels, alternative road surfaces and even alternative traffic patterns.

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