The Center for Community Engagement offers awards each year honoring the great work of our students, community partners, and faculty in high-impact community engagement practices: awards to a student, a community partner, and a faculty member for exemplary community engagement, as well as awards to faculty in recognition of their Best Practices.

Deadline for submissions for all awards is Friday, April 24, 2020.

Student Community Engagement Reflective Essay Award
This annual award is given to recognize the 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 service. Criteria include depth of insight concerning the challenges and satisfactions of community service, and expression that motivates and inspires readers. Essays should indicate the project and partnership inspiring the essay. Submissions may be based on a course assignment, but need not be, and are limited to 1,000 words. Nominations due no later than Friday, April 24, 2020. Submit a student reflective essay. To hear past Reflective Essay Award winners, please see below.

Dr. Richard R. Rush Community Partner Award
This award honors a community partner who exemplifies what it means to be a partner in student learning and ensuring high-impact practices. Nominations will be assessed for the quality their contributions to student engagement, as measured by the following criteria:

    • Impacts: What are the impacts of the nominee’s activities on student learning? How have they made the best use of their collaborations with faculty and students in the service of their organization as well as student learning—expanding their capacities to serve?
    • Innovations: How does the nominee’s work exemplify innovative practices? 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 CSUCI 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? Nominations due no later than Friday, April 24, 2020. Submit your nomination here.

Faculty Community Engagement Award
This award honors a faculty member who exemplifies what it means to be engaged in and to serve our community. For these 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’s work 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 CSUCI 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? Nominations due no later than Friday, April 24, 2020. Submit your nomination here.

Best Practices in Service-Learning Faculty Awards
The CCE offers annual recognition to service-learning projects that make important contributions to our community while generating valuable student learning. Submissions spotlight a variety of successful practices that will inspire and promote deeper engagement with service-learning throughout the extended CSUCI community. Selected projects will be highlighted during the end-of-year poster session at the Celebration of Service and included in the annual CCE's Activities, Awards, & Recognitions in Community Engagement publication. Submissions due no later than Friday, April 24, 2020. Visit our application page for information and to apply.

2019 Student Reflective Essay Award, Alicia Carr

2018 Student Reflective Essay Award, Araceli Lopez

2017 Student Reflective Essay Award, Selina Rico

2016 Student Reflective Essay Award, Alejandra Archechiga Flores

2015 Student Reflective Essay Award, Nathalie Huerta

2013 Student Reflective Essay Award, 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 here

Questions? Please contact Pilar Pacheco, Director, Center for Community Engagement (pilar.pacheco@csuci.edu).

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