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.



Please click on the awardee images to view award videos on YouTube.




 Outstanding Service-Learning Professor

Saul Tobias, Ph.D

Professor, Liberal Studies

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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.


Extraordinary Faculty Internship Coordinator

Amber Chitty Wilson

Professor, Communications

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This award honors faculty members who provide ongoing guidance to students throughout the internship experience, and who demonstrate initiative in developing new opportunities for students.



Extraordinary Acts of Service

Hafez Karimi


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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.


Outstanding Student Leader

Junely Merwin

Human Services 

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Most Commited Partner

Casanova // McCann

Ingrid Otero-Smart, CEO


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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.



Higher Ground Youth & Family Services

Dr. Orvic Pada

Mirvais Aminy, Sociology '19

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This award honors exemplary reciprocal partnerships that engage students and faculty with off-campus partners to address community needs.


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. Sashes were conferred to 6  graduating students in 2019.


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. Medals were awar ded to 183 gr aduating students in 2019.


Photos from the 2018 Community Engagement Awards ceremony are viewable on the Community Engagement Awards 2019 album on our Facebook page (without having to log in). To download: select the image, right-click and select "Save As…" and choose a location on your computer.