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Santa Clara University Honored with Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

Monday, Oct. 25, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010 The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) honored Santa Clara University (SCU) for its new core curriculum that requires students to work with marginalized communities. SCU is among six universities from across the country to be recognized for exceptional commitment to civic engagement and service learning. The 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award was presented at TWC’s annual Academic Award Luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on Oct. 4. The six honorees were chosen from among 120 nominees.
 
In 2009, SCU introduced a new core curriculum requiring all students to complete one classroom experience focused on civic engagement, as well as one course involving community-based learning or other forms of face-to-face contact with marginalized communities. Through the University’s Arrupe Partnerships Program, faculty members are supported in building relationships with local organizations and matching students with placements that meet course goals while also benefiting the community. Another initiative, the Kolvenbach Solidarity Program, connects students with service opportunities at a greater distance from campus, providing extended immersion trips in the U.S. and abroad during break periods in the academic calendar.
 
Diane Jonte-Pace, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs accepted the award on Santa Clara’s behalf.
 
"Santa Clara University has always been committed to help build a more just and humane world," said Jonte-Pace. "The University’s mission is to educate leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion for a global world. Our students collaborate with nearly 60 local community partners, and with several global programs and organizations. Hundreds of our students every year reach out across the country and around the world."
 
"Santa Clara University is a true role model for civic engagement in the academic community," said Mike Smith, president of TWC. "The university is teaching students a quality that can’t be learned in the classroom alone, the importance of getting involved, giving back and making a difference."
 
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
 
About The Washington Center
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit.  The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has close to 40,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world.  It was established in 1975.
 
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