Drew on Service Honor Roll

Honor Roll recognizes service, community engagement.

Drew’s community partners include social service agencies that work with the homeless in Washington, D.C., immigrant families in Morris County and the incarcerated in New Jersey.In recognition of its substantive engagement in its community, Drew was named 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.

Many of Drew’s community engagement efforts are organized by its Center for Civic Engagement, which combines the curricular with real-world learning opportunities in communities near and far, bringing to life Drew’s motto “Freely you have received; freely give.” Drew Civic Scholars attend seminars on civic engagement, perform internships with multiple nonprofit or government agencies and take community-based classes that link their academic interests with their work in the community. The Center also offers a minor in Leadership for Social Action, organizes service-based spring breaks and runs the Volunteer Resource Center, which empowers Drew volunteerism on and off campus.

“Because well-informed civic participation and the active pursuit of a just and humane society are crucial to a strong democracy and the vibrant communities that make up its fabric, Drew University embraces its responsibility in educating our students to be engaged and effective citizens,” said Amy Koritz, director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

It is the fourth time Drew has received the federal recognition.

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, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The honor roll is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund and the Volunteer Generation Fund.

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