Community Engagement Awards

The annual Community Engagement Awards honor students, faculty and community partners whose leadership, service, and partnership strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. We gratefully acknowledge the faculty and community partners who are dedicated to creating experiential educational opportunities for our students and to inspiring their service to the community.



Extraordinary Internship Coordinator

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Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri, Health Science
This award honors a faculty member who provides ongoing guidance to students throughout the internship experience, and who demonstrates initiative in developing new opportunities for students.

Outstanding Service-Learning Instructor

head shot Dr. Christine Gardiner
Dr. Christine Gardiner, Politics, Administration and Justice

This award honors a faculty member who provides a well-structured service-learning course experience by preparing and monitoring students and integrating their service into the curriculum; and for the positive impact the service has on students.


Outstanding Student Leader

head shot Talitha James
Talitha James
, Human Services
This award honors a student for leadership qualities that demonstrate creativity, initiative, or risk-taking; and course-related work that has positively impacted the student's colleagues, the organization or the community.

Extraordinary Acts of Service

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Hanh Dang
, Psychology
This award honors a student or students who have taken initiative and shown outstanding commitment and follow-through with course-related service projects; and whose actions have benefited the organization and community.


Stellar Student Support
Orange Caregiver Resource Center
This award honors an organization that has guided and/or mentored students, and has gone beyond its duties as a host site for experiential learning.

Most Committed Partner
Women Helping Women / Men 2 Work
This award honors a partner that has contributed time, effort and/or resources to participate in CICE programs and fulfill its responsibilities as a host site.


AmeriCorps Members
Graduating students have completed two years of service during the last four years as AmeriCorps Members receive a sash to be worn at Commencement.
Brittany Arture, CHAD
Grace Baek, CHAD
Nirali Brahmbhatt, CHAD
Theresa Bui, BUAD
Rebecca Carreto, BUAD
Grace Gonzales, CHAD
Tara Librojo, CHAD
Leslie Navas, CHAD
Andreina Rodriguez, PSYC
Radiance Santifer, HIST
Kyla Smith, CHAD

Community Engagement Medals
Graduating Baccalaureate and Masters students who elect to complete academic internships or service-learning in excess of departmental requirements may be eligible for the Community Engagement Medal worn at Commencement. There were 256 recipients of the Community Engagement Medal in 2012.