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.



These awards honors reciprocal partnerships that engage students and faculty with off-campus partners to address community needs.

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Dr. Julian Jefferies

Outstanding Service-Learning Teaching
Dr. Julian Jefferies, Literacy and Reading Education


Outstanding Student Leader

Gloria Gallardo

Gloria Gallardo '16, Opens in new window Biological Science / Health Science Opens in new window
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

Amanda Humber

Amanda Humber '16, Opens in new window Communicative Disorders Opens in new window
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

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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

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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 Jumpstart AmeriCorps Members receive a sash to be worn at Commencement.
Karen Cheung, CHAD
Amanda Humber, HCOM
Saira Jaffry, LBST
Vidalia Mena, CHAD
Edward Molina, CHAD
Lizeth Perez, CHAD
Casondra Ybarra, CHAD
Sharon Winston, HESC

Community Engagement Medal
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 242 recipients of the Community Engagement Medal in 2016.

Photos from the 2016 Community Engagement Awards ceremony
can be viewed at the 2016 Community Engagement Awards page on our Facebook site (without having to log in).