The Corporation for National and Community Service has selected UMass Boston for the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This award acknowledges the exemplary community service contributions made by UMass Boston students, faculty, and staff.
UMass Boston was honored for the depth and breadth of its community service activities. All honorees must demonstrate the impact of their service on the surrounding community, and show institutional support for community service. Additionally, honorees must demonstrate a campus culture that fosters community service activity inside and outside the classroom, including service-learning partnerships.
Notable community service projects at UMass Boston include:
- The Green Harbors Project, which seeks a holistic approach to coastal science and stewardship. Activities include monitoring harbor water quality and salt marsh restoration.
- Kenya Heart and Sole: The Afya Njema Project, which sends students and faculty to Kenya to promote better cardiovascular and metabolic health. The program is an extension of UMass Boston’s local initiative, Roxbury Heart and Sole.
- The Community University Project for Literacy, which provides an academic structure for undergraduate students to work as tutors in community-based learning centers.
More than 2,000 students participate in community service at UMass Boston. Together, those students logged 142,884 service hours in the past year.
Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, writes, “We congratulate the Honor Roll schools, and the millions of students and faculty for their dedication to service and improving their communities.”