GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo’s has been honored the Community Engagement Classification Award for their “exemplary practices of community engagement.”
According to SUNY Geneseo’s website, the college has earned the highly respected Community Engagement Classification for 2015 from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
“We are pleased and humbled to be recognized by the distinguished Carnegie Foundation for our community engagement efforts,” said Geneseo Interim President Carol S. Long. “Serving the public good is a tangible part of Geneseo’s mission that we take very seriously, and we work hard to instill the importance of such engagement into all of our students. I commend all on our campus who have made this recognition possible.”
Geneseo is among 361 colleges and universities nationwide that now have the designation. The Geneseo group that worked on the application called itself the Project for the Public Good and reached out to the entire campus and community to identify the best practices that support the public engagement of our students, faculty and staff.
SUNY Geneseo has been engaged for many years in community outreach initiatives at the local level and beyond. In 2014, for example, an estimated 3,678 students engaged in 262,706 hours of community service and academic service-learning. Local projects included such efforts as providing leaf raking for senior citizens, Red Cross blood drives, numerous charity fundraisers and serving as volunteers for the Geneseo Fire Department.
Nationally, 826 volunteers have participated in 32 Livingston CARES service trips to the Biloxi/Gulfport region since 2006 for disaster relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers have done similar relief work on State Island and Long Island since 2013 following Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the college is actively involved in global service learning initiatives in Ghana, Haiti and Nicaragua. Geneseo’s commitment to community service also has landed the college on the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006.
In his notification letter to Geneseo, Carnegie Foundation President Anthony S. Bryk praised the college’s application for “…excellent alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement and you were able to respond to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement.”
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