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Oct 25, 2021. 5 min read

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Organizers Issue Early Call for Nominations for Ninth Annual Community Engagement Awards

Nominations will be accepted in seven categories

The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is issuing an early call for nominations for Barry’s 2022 Community Engagement Awards. Students, faculty, and staff members, as well as community partners, are invited to submit nominations by the last Friday of January. 

The primary purpose of the awards is to publicly recognize students, faculty, staff/administrators, departments, and community partners for their participation, contributions, and achievements in various areas of community engagement. Furthermore, each award is designed to encourage excellence in university–community collaboration and to inspire similar achievements by others.

Nominations will be accepted in seven categories: Community Impact, Community Partnership, Community-Based Research, Community-Engaged Scholarship, Community Engagement Educator, Service-Learning Faculty, and Engaged Department.

  • The Community Impact Award is presented to individual students and student organizations for exemplary civic engagement—including service, research, and advocacy—that has a measurable impact on the community.
  • The Community Partnership Award recognizes exemplary partnerships between university and community constituencies that produce measurable improvements in people’s lives while enhancing higher education.
  • The Community-Based Research Award is presented to scholars (faculty members and/or students) who conduct rigorous research with community partners in response to community concerns, issues, or needs. 
  • The Community-Engaged Scholarship Award is given to faculty members in recognition of significant scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service that addresses community issues.
  • The Community Engagement Educator Award honors administrators and faculty member for significant contributions to the institutionalization or enhancement of community engagement at Barry University.
  • The Service-Learning Faculty Award goes to faculty members for exemplary integration of community-based or community-focused collaborative service into the curriculum. 
  • The Engaged Department Award is presented to departments for achievements in advancing the community engagement goals of the university, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and improving community life. 

The Ninth Annual Community Engagement Awards Ceremony is scheduled for the last Wednesday of March. Additional information and the nomination forms are available from the CCSI at

Community Engagement Symposium to Emphasize Community Impact in Student Learning Context

“Effectively Balancing Community Impact With Student Learning Outcomes.” That’s the theme of Barry’s Eighth Annual Community Engagement Symposium, scheduled for the last Wednesday of March.

The event will feature a nationally recognized community engagement scholar–practitioner as the keynote presenter.

“The theme of the symposium is consonant with the focus of the 2021–2026 strategic plan for community engagement at Barry,” the organizers have pointed out. “Barry’s community engagement initiatives over the next five years will emphasize student success and community impact. Programs and events will be designed to support student persistence and achievement while contributing measurably to community improvement.”

The annual symposium provides an opportunity to share strategies for effective university–community partner collaboration while highlighting the outcomes of service-learning courses, community-based research, other experiential learning projects, and cocurricular civic engagement. 

Students, faculty and staff members, and community partners will be invited to submit proposals for presentations at the March 30 event. Successful proposals will address the theme of the symposium and will specify how the session will engage participants meaningfully.

Additional information and the proposal forms are available from the CCSI at

Doctoral Students Engage In Participatory Action Research Projects With Community Agency Support

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students have conducted participatory action research (PAR) in collaboration with local community agencies. They have also created posters featuring their projects, which are currently displayed in the School of Education.

Projects have focused on the “school-to-prison pipeline,” the delivery of financial and social services to families and community members, and the promotion of an organization’s civic mission. 

Four teams of students carried out the research projects with three community partners: Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline Foundation, Inc. (E-SToPP); A New Start: Financial and Social Services, Inc.; and Mount Tabor Baptist Church. Two teams were assigned to A New Start. 

Each of the PAR teams conducted interviews with community organization stakeholders to learn about their respective missions and to identify change initiatives that aligned with the neighborhoods or populations they served.

The students were enrolled in EDU 722, Participatory Action Research, during the spring and summer 2021 semesters.

Here is a list of the projects and the student teams:

  • “Exploring an Organization’s Mission to Eradicate the School-to-Prison Pipeline”—Roger Blake, Steve Hendricks, Shaunelle Wall Marshall
  • “Identifying Needs of a Community Partner to Promote Financial and Social Services to Families”— Tiffany Budert-Waltz, Latoya Dean, Emmanuel Ikpuri
  • “Staying the Course:  A Case Study of a Faith-Based Organization to Improve Delivery of Outreach Projects”—Ingrid Bethune, Frances Fraser, Karen Stalnaker, Wayne Tikah
  • “Promoting an Organization’s Civic Engagement Mission to Its Neighboring Community”— Howard Bolden, Shanika Hill, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Brittany Tracey

Dr. Debra Mayes Pane, founder and president of E-SToPP, described the PAR project as “very meaningful.” She also thanked Blake, Hendricks, and Marshall Wall for “an excellent interview.”

After viewing the posters on display, Dr. Jill Farrell, dean of the School of Education, commended the students on their projects.

Dr. Carmen McCrink, program director of the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, said the PAR teams were expected to continue their projects throughout fall 2021 and spring 2022. A professor of education and former chair of the Service-Learning Designation Committee, Dr. McCrink thanked the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) for providing assistance with the PAR projects.

Faculty Invited To Apply For Community-Based Research Incentive By November 22

Faculty members interested in conducting community-based research (CBR) projects are invited to submit applications for support by November 22.

The CBR Incentive Program is designed to support the development and implementation of CBR projects.

The CBR incentive is awarded through a competitive process to full-time faculty members who teach undergraduate or graduate courses. Up to three CBR awards are usually available each year, with successful applicants receiving support of between $500 and $1,000.

The CCSI describes CBR as “a collaborative process of critical inquiry into problems or issues faced by a community, with research questions emerging from the needs of the community.” Faculty (and sometimes staff) members and students work closely with community partners on applied research projects that address specific problems or issues and simultaneously promote social change. 

A background document with a detailed description of the CBR Incentive Program, the application form, and the rubric used by the Review Committee for assessing applications are available from the CCSI.

For further information, contact Dr. Glenn Bowen in the CCSI at

CAMPUS DEMOCRACY PROJECT: In the run-up to this year’s elections, the Campus Democracy Project continues to promote voter education and engagement.

SYMPOSIUM SESSION PROPOSALS: The CCSI is accepting proposals for concurrent session presentations at the 2022 Community Engagement Symposium focused on community impact and student learning outcomes. 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARDS: “Community Impact” is one the seven categories of awards in which nominations are being accepted.

Community Engagement News is a publication of the Center for Community Service Initiatives.

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