Make it six years in a row for Mount Saint Mary's on the President's Community Service Honor Roll.
Mount Saint Mary’s has again received national recognition for its
commitment to community service. On Dec. 8, the Corporation for National
and Community Service named the Mount to the 2014 President’s Higher
Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
Mount Saint Mary’s has achieved a spot on the Honor Roll every year
since 2008, and has earned “with distinction” status in 2010, 2012, 2013
“This is an honor and a privilege,” says Bernadette Robert, assistant
vice president for Student Affairs at the Mount. “Meaningful service,
learning and engagement with our communities are a hallmark of the Mount
experience, an example first established by our founding Sisters of St.
Joseph of Carondelet.”
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary
community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in
campus-community partnerships. It is the highest federal recognition an
institution can receive for service-learning and civic engagement.
Community engagement is an intentional goal of the Mount, and is
included as one of the College’s Pillars of Distinction its Strategic
Plan: “Mount St. Mary’s is a learning community dedicated to preparing
students for interdependent, mutually respectful relationships in
service of the common good. The Mount fosters students’ understanding of
their responsibility to serve the local, national and global
communities in which they live and work.”
In 2013-2014, Mount Saint Mary’s students engaged in community service
in a number of ways, including through the College’s Student
Ambassadors. Having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, the
Student Ambassador program enables Mount students to motivate inner-city
high school, middle school and elementary school students to aspire to a
On any given day, Mount students are acting as mentors, tutors and
volunteers as they work in partnership with faculty who teach
service-learning classes. The College partners with a wide variety of
Los Angeles community-based organizations. Mount Saint Mary’s students
serve more than 85 social service and educational partners, more than
300 community sites, and host numerous on-campus events for the
community. Students also participate annually in our President’s
“Invitation to Serve,” a full day of community service and reflection.
Most recently, this past November, students
organized a week of activities raising awareness and spurring action to
address homelessness and hunger in our nearby communities. The newly
established Alternative Spring Break 2015 initiative will soon immerse
students in learning experiences that also focus on homelessness and
hunger among women, men and youth in Los Angeles.
For more information on these or any of the Mount's community-based
programs, contact Kimberly Terrill, director of Community Engagement at
(213) 477-2662 or Maryann Nguyen, assistant director of Community
Engagement at 213.477.2574.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal
agency for volunteering and service. It has administered Honor Roll
award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education
and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the
American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth
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