Drew’s motto is “Freely you have received; freely give.” This is evident in the awards and recognition Drew has received for its civic engagement work.
Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
Drew University’s deep commitment to civic and community engagement has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which listed Drew among 240 colleges and universities to receive its coveted Community Engagement Classification in 2015. The classification follows a rigorous process that involved a 60-page application listing not only the ways Drew students in all three colleges and faculty and staff engage with the outside world, but also the ways that the university has built bridges with the borough of Madison, non-profit organizations, and other communities.
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
In recognition of its substantive engagement in its community, Drew has been named four times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Drew’s designation was based on several factors, including its community-based service learning, volunteer work and the impact Drew has on its community partners.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.
Mellon Arts for the Common Good
How can the arts combined with other disciplines strengthen, sustain and expand what we understand as the common good? That’s the question posed to Drew undergrads and faculty as part of a three-year, $625,000 grant Drew received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2014. The grant supports deep thinkers in making creative and unexpected connections to further the common good. Each year the Mellon grant will bring an Artist-in-Residence to campus to teach, organize special events, and create work especially for Drew. Mini-grants for faculty and students aid exploration of “the arts and the common good” across the curriculum.