2016 Recipients
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Please join us in congratulating the 2016 recipients of the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award:

 

Buffalo State

 

Buffalo State, SUNY

As the only member of the State University of New York system in a city, Buffalo State is committed to its role as a citizen of Buffalo. For well over a decade, volunteer and service-learning students have helped the Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. staff to build their internal capacities and to provide services ranging from financial literacy education to language training to preparation for the U.S. naturalization test. Along the way, this partnership to support Buffalo’s newcomers has afforded Buffalo State students unparalleled opportunities for civic learning.

 

 

Marquette University

 

Marquette University

As a Jesuit institution, Marquette University recognizes that deep community partnerships are critical to building a more just world. Marquette University helped launch and continues to serve as an anchor institution for the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit organization with the mission to revitalize and sustain the seven-neighborhood district that makes up Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Marquette’s engaged leadership in this effort includes the involvement of hundreds of students and more than a dozen faculty in researching and evaluating project impacts, designing campaigns to attract new businesses, and other direct service efforts in the district.

 

 

Purdue University

 

Purdue University

As a land grant university, Purdue has long made service and engagement hallmarks of its approach to scholarship. This commitment is illustrated in the Purdue University Star Behavioral Health Providers program led by Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute. This program builds the cultural competence needed by community-based health providers to work with military populations, and it creates a mechanism for military-connected clients to locate these skilled providers. The project has also created learning opportunities for more than 220 graduate and undergraduate students, from 23 majors across seven schools at Purdue.

 

University of North Carolina

 

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

As the urban research university of North Carolina, UNC Charlotte prepares students for lives of personal success and civic responsibility in the global environment of the 21st century, and community engagement is deeply integrated into the academic experience. For almost a decade, university staff and graduate researchers have led the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP). As an asset-based community planning initiative, CHARP deploys the university’s strengths to build the infrastructure for the residents of five marginalized neighborhoods to be able to advocate for themselves and create sustainable coalitions to implement change.

 

University of San Diego

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution with long-standing links between the classroom and community partnerships. Over 80% of USD’s undergraduate students contribute more than 300,000 service hours each year to national and international organizations and projects. For more than 20 years, the Linda Vista Collaborative has welcomed University of San Diego faculty and students through the Youth Engagement Initiative into local schools to help close the opportunity gap for K-12 students. They also developed the Montgomery Intersession Academy to support at-risk students newly on a year-round calendar with programs traditionally found only in the summer.

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