School Honored for Distinguished Community Service
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
Dominican formally launched its service-learning program in 2004. Since then, 1000's of students have participated in courses with service-learning components. Supported, initially, in part by a grant from the Marin Community Foundation, service-learning is an educational approach that integrates meaningful community work with the academic curriculum. Students apply academic skills and critical thinking to address societal issues. Service-Learning courses are offered across the disciplines in English, Biology, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Women and Gender Studies, Religion, Social and Cultural Studies, and Nutrition. Dominican’s program works in partnership with some 30 community organizations and county agencies, including Canal Alliance, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Marin AIDS Project, Homeward Bound, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the California Reentry Program at San Quentin, and the Marin Workforce Investment Board.
“College students like those at Dominican University of California are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment, and creativity in by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” Eisner said. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”
The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”
“There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded,” said American Council on Education President David Ward. “Earning this distinction is not easy. But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov.