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Awards and Recognition

Each Spring, the Center for Community Engagement holds an annual Service Expo that allows our community to learn from student volunteers about their programs and their impact. The Center for Community Engagement seeks nominations for recognition of students, faculty, community members and partnerships in collaboration with Eastern programming. These categories exemplify the challenges and success of positive engagement within the Greater Windham Community. Awards are presented to recognized individuals and partnerships achieving excellence in their community during the year. Awards are also given to selected program presentations created by Student Leaders.

  • Student Community Engagement Award: Given to a student who has created positive change at Eastern and in surrounding communities while demonstrating a commitment to improve the lives of others.
  • Faculty/Staff Community Engagement Award: Given to a faculty or staff member at Eastern who influences students to create positive change in addressing social justice for surrounding neighborhoods and communities.
  • Community Partner Engagement Award: Given to a member of the community who has demonstrated commitment to civic engagement by working with Eastern students, faculty and staff. This individual inspires others to take action, making an impact toward social, educational or environmental justice.
  • Community Event Award: This award recognizes either a reciprocal Special Event (one-time) or a Community Program (continual service) that will have a lasting impact on the local community including shared knowledge, resources and empowerment.
  • Service Learning Award: This award recognizes students and/or faculty who apply their academic knowledge to solve real-life community problems and challenges. Through their service-learning, the ideal candidate(s) must demonstrate their integrity and academic excellence to the community while showcasing their social awareness and passion for social, educational or environmental justice.

There is also recognition for new programming that has made an impact in the community: 

  • Broadening Horizons - A program or project works with underserved communities or marginalized groups to support integration into the community, socialization, job readiness, or adult literacy.
  • Leadership Development - A program or project that provides opportunities for individuals to develop personal leadership skills and/or team efforts. This category may also include confidence building, positive self-image, and other leadership traits.
  • Strengthening Families and Communities - A program or project that demonstrates a clear purpose in working collaboratively with community members on an issue of importance to our community. or supports families.
  • Putting Liberal Arts Into Action - A program or project allows Eastern students to best apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom into real and practical application. Student projects completed through enrollment in community-based learning courses fit in this category.
  • Kids First - A program or project supports children and youth in tutoring and mentoring.
  • Best New Program - A particularly creative and meaningful approach to working with a community partner or responding to a community issue.
  • Support Our Schools: The program or project provides support to school programs.