Washington, D.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored the University of Denver as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. DU was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll.
"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to the University of Denver and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
At a minimum, 1,400 DU students engaged in academic service-learning and more than 2,500 DU students engaged in community service in the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. At least 4,000 DU students engaged in some kind of community service, contributing more than 540,000 hours to help build better communities. Student Employment helps facilitate service through its Community Service Work Award Program. Details about the program can be found at http://www.du.edu/studentemployment/students/jobs/csws.html. For more information about ways to get involved in community service through DU, you can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.