2017 Recipients
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Please join us in congratulating the 2017 recipients of the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award:

 

Guilford College

 

Guilford College

Guided by its Quaker heritage and its commitment to the practical liberal arts, Guilford College has a long history of civic engagement. Today, Guilford is emerging as an important leader in the work of assisting in refugee resettlement. Partnering with Church World Service of Greensboro, NC, the Every Campus a Refuge program provides refugee families with on-campus housing, use of college facilities, and a large community of support. Guilford is demonstrating that colleges and universities have everything necessary to support refugees as they begin lives in new homes. In the process, Guilford is setting an important example for other colleges and universities to follow.

 

Keene State College

 

Keene State College

As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, Keene State College is guided by the motto “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve.” This leadership begins at home in the town of Keene and the greater Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Among their many engagements in the community, the Keene Housing Kids Collaborative stands out. In partnership with the Keene Housing Authority, Keene marshals many of its strengths as a college toward programs to promote the social mobility of the region’s children. Faculty and staff at Keene are also conducting a longitudinal study based on the Brookings Institute Social Genome Model to serve as a baseline for measuring the impacts of these efforts.

 

Northern Arizona University

 

Northern Arizona University

As one of three state universities, Northern Arizona University plays a unique role as an anchor institution serving the diverse population of northern Arizona. In an initiative known as THRIVE, the University is partnering with Northern Arizona Healthcare to reduce health disparities, particularly among northern Arizona’s Native American, Hispanic and rural populations. With over 20 projects underway, THRIVE integrates the resources and reach of both organizations to improve the clinical, behavioral, and population health management practices that influence the health outcomes across the region. This partnership, in turn, also supports the strategic goal of a sustainable biomedical industry in Arizona.

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago expresses one of its core values with one word—Chicago. This special relationship between the School and Chicago connects the school to the diversity of the city and extends the resources of the School to the city. This commitment finds one of its more recent expressions in the partnership between the School and the Foundation for Homan Square that brings a variety of arts initiatives to Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. These include free arts programming for middle and high school students, an Artist in Residence program, and a large-scale environmental art project called 7000 Oaks for Chicago aimed at the reforestation of North Lawndale.

 

SUNY Plattsburgh

 

State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh

The State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh has a rich history in the civic life of Northeastern New York, forming the backbone of the region’s cultural activities, shaping the character of the region’s many human services, and exerting a dynamic influence on its economy. With some 23% of the population living below the poverty line, New York State estimates that as many as 24% of adolescent females experience self-destructive disorders such as eating disorders self-mutilation, and addiction. To combat this trend, SUNY Plattsburgh established Shine On!—a project to develop self-confidence and resiliency among elementary school girls and their families. In collaboration with local organizations such as the Clinton County Health Department and the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital, Shine On! Has developed workshops and curriculum through which SUNY Plattsburgh college women now mentor 200 area girls a year.

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