Campus Compact, a coalition of nearly 1,100 educational institutions, presented the 2017 “Western Region Engaged Campus Award” to Chaminade University in recognition of its commitment to the public good. The award ceremony highlighted Chaminade’s meaningful community partnerships and service-learning projects.
“As a Catholic and Marianist university, Chaminade integrates service-learning throughout its curriculum,” pointed out Vice President for Mission and Rector Bro. Edward Brink, S.M. “These off-campus and on-campus projects not only promote the greater good, they help students prepare for successful careers and a lifetime of service.”
The award was in keeping with Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement, which calls for colleges and universities to “challenge inequalities, pursue justice and contribute to the health of our communities – economically, socially, environmentally, educationally and politically.”
Examples of Chaminade service-learning activities include:
- An after-school program for K-12 students living at the Institute for Human Services women’s and family shelter;
- Project SHINE, which teaches English and civic skills to older immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens;
- The Stock Market Game, an online simulation of global capital markets that helps school children understand economics, investing and personal finance;
- “Palolo Pipeline” projects assisting students at Kaimuki High School, Jarrett Middle School, Palolo Elementary School and Palolo ‘Ohana Learning Center;
- A tutoring and mentoring program for elementary school children at the Papakolea Native Hawaiian homestead community; and
- Inclusive Recreation (I-Rec), which provides social activities for young adults living with developmental disabilities.