Emerson College has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognition for being a higher education institution that reflects the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in its community.
The Honor Roll recognizes Emerson’s work during the 2013-14 academic year. Some of the civic engagement activities during that time included the participation of students, faculty, and staff in Alternative Spring Break, Jumpstart, Proyecto Boston-Medellin, numerous student organizations, and courses that involve civic engagement toward academic credit through the Office of Service Learning and Community Action.
Emerson has been named to the Honor Roll every year since the award’s inception. For a full list of this year’s recipients, visit NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the Honor Roll since 2006. Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the initiative celebrates the transformative power and volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
The CNCS is a strong partner with the nation's colleges and universities in supporting service learning and community service. On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. Through these programs, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills. For instance, students may teach theatre in local schools, create promotional videos for local nonprofits, or engage in social media awareness-raising campaigns around a specific cause. Through clubs and organizations, other student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and other tasks that integrate them into the community.
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.