The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) offers awards each year honoring a student, a community partner, staff/administrator, and a faculty member for their exemplary community engagement. Nominations are assessed for the quality and quantity of their contributions to community engagement and if applicable, should include examples of their impact on students/campus community or department, any innovative practices, collaboration and leadership with other members of the extended CSUCI community (campus and beyond) and actions that have led to greater contributions to community engagement.

The CCE is now accepting nominations for the following awards: 

Student Reflective Essay Award
This annual award recognizes a student reflective essay that exhibits particular depth of insight concerning the challenges and satisfactions of community service, the impact on student growth and learning, and with the greatest potential to inspire others to serve.

Dr. Richard R. Rush Community Partner Award
This award recognizes a community organization that is significantly involved with CSU Channel Islands. This recognition honors organizations and individuals who contribute to student learning and support student engagement with the community in a curricular or co-curricular setting.

Janet Korsmo Engagement Award
This award honors a staff/administrator who is significantly involved in civic engagement activities at CSU Channel Islands and/or in the broader community. This recognition honors staff/administrators who contribute to the public good and embody the core value of civic engagement personally and/or professionally.

Community-Based Research Award
This award recognizes a faculty member who is involved in community-based research with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or effecting social change.

Engaged Faculty Award
This award recognizes a faculty member who has contributed significantly to incorporating service-learning/community based research into their teaching, scholarly and creative productivity, and/or professional and community service while at CSU Channel Islands. This recognition honors the faculty member's commitment to the public good and advancement of service-learning/community engagement within their discipline.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 22, 2022

Awardees will be honored at the Celebration of Service on Thursday, May 5th, 2022. RSVP now.

2021 Student Reflective Essay Award, Valeria Toscano

Valeria Toscano

2021 Student Reflective Essay Award, Estefany Tovar

Estefany Tovar

2019 Student Reflective Essay Award, Alicia Carr

Alicia Carr

2018 Student Reflective Essay Award, Araceli Lopez

Araceli Lopez

2017 Student Reflective Essay Award, Selina Rico

Selina Rico

2016 Student Reflective Essay Award, Alejandra Archechiga Flores

Alejandra Arechiga

2015 Student Reflective Essay Award, Nathalie Huerta

Nathalie Huerta

2013 Student Reflective Essay Award, Alysha Cordova

Alysha Cordova

Activities, Awards and Recognitions in Community Engagement Booklet

Each year the CCE honors individuals and projects in the areas of service-learning and community engagement. The CCE Activities, Awards, and Recognitions publication celebrates these awardees, while also sharing new CCE initiatives and activities, such as opportunities to engage in the community (our annual Days of Service), programs to support service learning projects (SEED grants), and networking events (Soup, Salad, & Service).

Read past publications

Questions? Please contact Pilar Pacheco, Director, Center for Community Engagement (

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