Madison, Wis. (March 27, 2012) – The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Edgewood College with a place on the 2011 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. This marks the fourth consecutive year the College has been so recognized.
This year’s award specifically recognizes three areas of the life of the College: the Bonner Leader Program, College Access Programming, and the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program.
The Bonner Leader Program strives to develop informed, engaged, just and compassionate leaders through student involvement in community service. Students are selected and serve in the Bonner Leader Program for two full years. While in the program students engage in community service placements consisting of a minimum of 300 hours/year per student. Community partners with which Bonner Leaders serve in teams include Cherokee Middle School, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Triangle Community (wellness and safety programming for those living in subsidized housing), and Young Shakespeare Players (community youth acting group). Bonner Leaders are also part-time AmeriCorps members, who receive a partial education award upon successful completion of the Bonner Leader program requirements. The College also matches this education award for Bonner Leaders with a tuition scholarship of the same amount. From 2010-2011, 16 Bonner Leaders at the College completed a total of 3,141 direct service hours.
College Access Programming is a focused effort in recent years to develop programs and classes that represent the interests of the community by supporting college access as a strategy to alleviate poverty. Programs have been developed by both faculty and staff with the help of students and community partners aimed at serving K-12 students from low-income families through educational classes and workshops on science, math, social media, athletic workshops, and ACT Prep courses. Academic areas throughout the College have committed resources to college access projects, including the Natural Science Department, the Math Department, the School of Education, and the Athletics Department. Students continue to be crucial to these programs as leaders and volunteers during regular academic sessions and summer break. The 2010-2011 year was the College’s first year with an AmeriCorps*VISTA project focused on college access programming.
The Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program at Edgewood College serves those who recognize the urgent call to create a more ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable culture. Students in the program develop the transformative ethical leadership skills needed to successfully apply the principles of sustainability for positive change, for individuals and community. Students gain practical knowledge in ecological design, community participation, social change, and social justice and apply it toward the regeneration of nature’s capacity for providing health and prosperity. The Sustainability Leadership curriculum is project based. Students address real-world issues related to their interests and professional goals while also building a network of relationships with program colleagues and mentors, community leaders, and other experts in sustainability. Students apply concepts and skills of sustainability leadership to complete directed projects under the supervision of Edgewood College faculty and community mentors. Students in the Sustainability Leadership Program developed and built two community gardens, one at an elementary school of 365 students, and another at a local business. In addition, one student’s project resulted in the creation of 80 books of bilingual poetry made from pieces of recycled books.
About the Community Service Honor Roll
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.