Dec 8, 2014
Dec. 8, 2014
Students performed more than 80,000 hours of community service in 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -
For the eighth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Westminster to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The organization recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.
This year, Westminster was included in the honor roll in the following areas: interfaith service, general community service and education.
"Westminster College is committed to community engagement throughout every area of the college. It begins with our mission statement that states 'our purposes are to prepare students to lead lives of learning, accomplishment, and service,'" said Julie Tille, director of Westminster's Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement. "We are pleased to be recognized once again for our service and interfaith efforts."
During the 2012-13 school year, Westminster students have performed more than 80,000 hours of community service-up 9,000 hours from the previous year. Students and have participated in programs that have: helped mentor ESL students at East High School; provided support and mentorship to the village of Wai, Maharashtra, India; assisted to Granite Park Junior High's refugees/underrepresented students by providing weekly mentorship sessions that focus on college readiness; created programs to help students in South Salt Lake; organized faith retreats and programs; offered courses about Autism Spectrum Disorders and hosted community events for families of children with autism, to name a few.
"Social responsibility and ethical awareness through teamwork and collaboration are at the core of Westminster's learning goals and mission," added Tille. "The culture of community service is strong throughout campus, and begins as soon as students set foot on campus their freshmen year. We pride ourselves in incorporating service not only into our extracurricular offerings, but in our academic curriculum as well."
CNCS has administered the 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. More than 700 higher education institutions across the nation were recognized this year for their service commitments.