The Center for Community Engagement announces nominations annually for the Community Engagement Awards. These awards recognize a student, faculty member and community partner who exemplify the spirit of leadership and collaboration, thereby making an outstanding contribution to service and learning throughout the extended CI community. The criteria for selecting awardees will emphasize these priorities: high impact, innovation, collaboration and leadership. In addition, nominations may also be submitted for Student Reflective Essay Award and Best Practices in Service-Learning Recognition.

Community Engagement Awards: Awards given annually to a student, faculty member and community partner 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 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? Nominations due no later than Friday, April 20, 2018. Submit your nomination here.

Recognition of Best Practices in Service-Learning:Annual recognition given to service-learning projects that make important contributions to our community while generating valuable student learning. Submissions must spotlight a wide variety of successful practices that will inspire and promote deeper engagement with service-learning throughout the extended CI 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 20, 2018. Visit our application page for information and to apply. 

Student Reflective Essay Award: Annual award given to recognize the student reflective essay that exhibits particular depth of insight concerning the challenges and satisfactions of community service, 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 20, 2018. Submit a reflective essay.

Hear from past award winners:

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, Managing Director, Center for Community Engagement (pilar.pacheco@csuci.edu).