The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education have selected Barry University for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes the University’s students, faculty members, and staff for their commitment to community service and service-learning.
Barry was admitted to the Honor Roll for contributing more than 25,000 service hours, primarily in the areas of education, social services and community development. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
During the 12-month period considered for this year’s recognition, more than 70 percent of Barry students participated in some form of community service, noted Glenn Bowen, director of Barry’s Center for Community Service Initiatives.
Psychology and sociology students made significant contributions through a special initiative in Liberty City. As part of a senior capstone, psychology students engaged in service-learning projects with the Liberty City Community Revitalization Trust. The projects included teaching alphabet recognition and beginning reading to Haitian-American Head Start students; developing, scheduling and publicizing a workshop for first-time home buyers; evaluating South Florida’s Workforce One employment program; reviewing a grant proposal to provide broadband and wireless services to Liberty City; and creating an asset map of the community.
For their part, sociology students evaluated the HIV/AIDS-related outreach services provided by Liberty City’s Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church and formulated strategies for reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the community, where there were 8,690 adult cases.
In addition, the work done by Barry’s Institute for Community and Economic Development and the Community Learning Partnership of Greater Miami Shores contributed to Barry’s recognition on the Honor Roll.
“The Honor Roll schools should be proud of their work to elevate the role of service-learning on their campuses,” said Eduardo Ochoa, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education. “Galvanizing their students to become involved in projects that address pressing concerns and enrich their academic experience has a lasting impact – both in the communities in which they work and on their own sense of purpose as citizens of the world.”
CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 colleges and universities to this year’s list, which can be accessed at www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.