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UC San Diego Again Named
to President Obama Community
Service Honor Roll with Distinction

May 18, 2011

By Christine Clark

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For the second consecutive year, the University of California, San Diego has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Based on 2010 data, UC San Diego was recognized for two exemplary learning programs, Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) and the university’s Thurgood Marshall College’s community service minor, and one outstanding community service program, Alternative Breaks.

As UC San Diego celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, it’s an honor to be recognized for our mission of community service,” said Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue. “Giving back is a tradition of UC San Diego. Community engagement and public service are ingrained in the educational experience at our university”

UC San Diego is often recognized for its public service.  In April, the campus was the host university for the Clinton Global Initiative University meetings.  President Clinton said he chose UC San Diego for its ongoing and consistent commitment to community service.

Washington Monthly repeatedly ranks the campus among the top higher education institutions for contributions faculty, students and staff make to their community. In 2010, the last year for which rankings are available, UC San Diego was first in the nation. 

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Students serving in Alternative Breaks. This organization sponsors service trips to Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, Russia, Appalachia, the Gulf Region and other areas where student aid is needed. For example, in Russia, students mentored disadvantaged elementary students and made improvements to school facilities.

UC San Diego has more than 568 student organizations, a total of 18,528 students engaged in a form of community service and in 2010, the university’s students completed 1,963,380 hours of community service. 

Our service programs continue to grow significantly over the years, a sign our students increasingly want to make a difference in the community,” said Emily Marx, director of UC San Diego’s Center for Student Involvement. “We currently have 97 student organizations dedicated to service, which is more than any other category and the campus continues to expand our community service initiatives.”

The learning and service programs recognized include:

  • Alternative Breaks – This organization sponsors service trips to Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, Russia, Appalachia, the Gulf Region and other areas where student aid is needed.  For example, in Russia, students mentored disadvantaged elementary students and made improvements to school facilities.
  • Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) – This innovative service and academic program involves multi-disciplinary teams of students who use their combined technical and creative skills to design, build and deploy projects that solve technology-based problems for San Diego non-profit organizations.
  • Public Service Minor – The learning program sponsored by Thurgood Marshall College encourages students to understand the history and practices of public service and to work toward the development of civic skills. Those skills and practices are essential cornerstones of participation in a democratic society regardless of one's chosen profession.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll; of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll and 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, including UC San Diego. For the full list of institutions named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, Click Here

 

Media Contact: Christine Clark, 858-534-7618, or ceclark@ucsd.edu


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