The Washington Center Honors Five Colleges and Universities with the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards

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The Washington Center Honors Five Colleges and Universities with the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards

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September 13, 2017

For Immediate Release

September 13, 2017

 

Contact: Lilia Dashevsky

Lilia.Dashevsky@twc.edu

 

Washington, D.C. — Five colleges and universities were chosen this year to receive the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award presented by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. This year’s honorees include Guilford College, Keene State College, Northern Arizona University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. Schools will be presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual Academic Affairs Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on October 2nd, 2017.

 

“Today it is more urgent than ever that colleges and universities step up as forces for the greater good of society at large,” said Chris Norton, president of The Washington Center. “The winners of this year’s awards — together with their community partners — have set important examples for their students and all of us to follow.”

 

The Washington Center established this award to celebrate institutions in higher education where the commitment to leadership extends into civic roles in the communities beyond their own campuses. The award aims to highlight, in particular, institutions that are forging transformational partnerships beyond campus to define and address issues of public concern, whether at the local, regional or international level.

 

This year’s awards committee was chaired by Mary Marcy, president and chair of the Dominican University of California, Bobby Hackett, president of the Bonner Foundation, and Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University.

 

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