I am pleased to announce a distinguished group of award winners for 2013. The nine exemplars chosen by the selection committee are involved in significant partnerships benefiting both the University and many different communities of type and place. They were honored at an awards ceremony on May 8th, 2013. (Click here for the press release of the event)
The awards recognize engaged research, teaching and/or service involving community partnerships that address important public needs and are making an impact. Awardees range from an undergraduate student distinguished for humanitarian relief work to a UAlbany-affiliated and community partner working to prevent violence through a peer intervention program for youth and young adults. Others include a cornerstone project in the MBA program which is advancing environmental sustainability in companies and organizations as well as a center providing public humanities programming enriching the region's cultural life.
Many of the partnerships address health and well-being in this region and beyond. Community-based participatory research projects are addressing the needs for reproductive health care among low-income, underserved women as well as improving treatments for high-needs youth in residential care. A micro-lending, training and mentoring program is helping individuals in economic distress grow small businesses, and a multi-faceted center is building infrastructure to address chronic disease in older adults and adults with disabilities. Finally, a longstanding UAlbany-community partnership provides educational outreach to students as well as other services to help address quality-of-life issues in areas where many student live off campus.
The 2013 honorees have had an impact on our communities and I am proud to recognize the hard work and dedication of the faculty, staff, students and community partners involved. At the same time, I want to thank all of you who are working in other important and impactful collaborations to help solve critical public issues. Together we are advancing community engagement as a core value of the University.