Spotlight On Service
CSUCI Center for Community Engagement
Call for Nominations: 2013 CCE Engagement Awards
The CSUCI Center for Community Engagement (CCE) announces a call for nominations for Engagement Awards in four categories for 2013. Three awards recognize outstanding contributions in the area of community engagement by an individual (community partner, student, and faculty); a fourth award recognizes an outstanding reflective essay on community service and engagement. Through the Engagement Awards, the CCE seeks to identifyand recognize innovative, high impact practices on the part of our stakeholders that promote the greatest service and learning throughout the extended CI community. Each award is described below, followed by information on how to submit nominations. Please note that CCE Engagement Awards signify uncommon merit, so each award will not necessarily be given every year. Self-nominations will be accepted for all awards (although the perspective of an external nominator is particularly valued).
Community Partner Award for Outstanding Partnership
This award recognizes a community partner who makes an outstanding contribution in service-learning practices, and provides meaningful opportunities for CI students to become engaged in the community. Outstanding partners model for our students what it means to be engaged in and to serve our community, and enrich students’ experiences and learning in the community.
Student Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
This award recognizes the student who makes an outstanding contribution in the area of community service and engagement. That contribution may come in the context of formal service-learning or in the context of informal engagement. Such contributions are evidenced by students who enrich the experiences of their fellow students, serving as leaders and role models.
Faculty Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
This award recognizes the faculty member who makes an outstanding contribution to community service and engagement. That contribution may be made primarily through direct engagement in the community, or through their efforts to facilitate and promote community engagement among students. Such faculty members serve as models for community engaged teacher-scholars.
Outstanding Reflective Essay on Community Service & Engagement
Reflective essays are written reflections on experiences in the context of community engagement designed to highlight insight and learning achieved through community engagement. This award recognizes an outstanding reflective essay written by a student during the previous academic year, as measured by its insights concerning the challenges and benefits (both individual and collective) of community service and engagement. Essays will also be judged by the clear expression of those insights in a way that might best motivate and inspire readers. All essays should clearly indicate the nature of the specific project and partnership inspiring the essay. Submissions should be limited to 1,000 words.
Criteria: For the Partner, Student, and Faculty awards, nominations will be assessed for the quality and quantity of their contributions to community engagement, as measured by the following criteria:
- Impacts:What are the impacts of the nominee’s activities, and how do they model high impact practices? By high impact practices, we mean practices that have major and lasting contributions on the community, and on participants. For example, have they made an important positive difference in the community – either by accomplishing some benefit, or by making expanding capacities for serving the community? Or, have the individuals or projects contributed to participants’ abilities or desires to deepen their engagement in the community in the future?
- Innovations:How does the nominee exemplify innovative practices? That is, are there any ways in which the nominee has modeled new ways to implement or promote community engagement? For example, does the nominee model a novel and creative way to address a challenge in community engagement that others may benefit from in the future? Or establish a new form of partnership that might be productively replicated in the future?
- Collaboration & leadership:How do the nominee’s practices exemplify collaboration and leadership with other members of the extended CI community (campus and beyond)? Do they successfully join all stakeholders in common endeavors? Do they motivate and coordinate the efforts of participants in ways the lead to greater contributions to community engagement?
(Criteria for the Outstanding Reflective Essay award are presented in the award description above.)
How to nominate
Nominations for all awards can come from any member of the extended CSUCI community – faculty, students, partners, staff, etc. Nominations will be accepted using the following link: https://csuci.wufoo.com/forms/r6q8z7/
Questions? Please contact Pilar Pacheco, Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement (email@example.com).
STUFF THE BUS INITIATIVE
CSU Channel Islands has partnered with United Way of Ventura County on their annual
Stuff the Bus campaign. The program collects school supplies for Ventura County elementary,
middle, and high school students, who don’t have the means or resources to purchase
school supplies for the coming school year. This year the collection campaign will
be held March 25 through April 26. Bins will be placed in Sage Hall, Broome library,
Student Union Building, Anacapa and Santa Cruz Village, University Hall, and the Bell
Items needed include:
- COLORED PENCILS
- CONSTRUCTION PAPER
- CRAYON BOXES
- INDEX CARDS
- PENCIL BOXES/POUCHES
- PENCIL SHARPENERS
- WIDE RULED PAPER
- WIDE RULED NOTEBOOKS
Last year, United Way was able to collect 5400 school supplies and distribute 525 backpacks to Ventura County children. Let’s help them surpass that number this year! For more information, please contact Pilar Pacheco, Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement at pilar.pacheco@csuci