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Make it six years in a row for Mount Saint Mary's on the President's Community Service Honor Roll.
Six years in a row 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 and 2014.
“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 college education.
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 Core.