President's Awards for Exemplary Community Engagement
I am pleased to announce our 2014 award winners and invite you to join me on April 25th from 5 to 6:30 pm in University Hall to honor them. Representing community-engaged research, teaching, and service, these ten exemplars and their community partners are working to address public needs and positively impact the quality of life in the region, state, and beyond. Our 2014 winners include:
- A 30-year program that has created or saved over 10,000 jobs in the region and helped over 20,000 entrepreneurs access needed capital;
- A UAlbany-led initiative involving over 15 non-profit agencies to improve standards of mental health care and support services for children and adults;
- A faculty member working closely with the Guyanese community and public health officials to develop successful interventions to reduce the prevalence of diabetes;
- A faculty member who has led efforts to improve LGBT services and care and culturally-competent training for health care professionals;
Education and Youth Opportunities:
- An education field arm affiliated with the University working with rural school districts to ensure their students receive a quality 21st-century education;
- A research center working collaboratively with the City School District of Albany to improve student achievement, as well as advance the Albany Promise Cradle-to-Career Partnership;
- A Ph.D. candidate who has partnered for six years with an inner-city afterschool organization to build a successful Tae Kwon Do program for youth and raise funds for meals and supplies;
- An interactive program for 6- to 9-year-olds to excite their interest in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math) and develop problem-solving skills;
- A faculty member who has dedicated his career to community-engaged work in such areas as school improvement, university-school partnership, and systemic education policy change;
- A 30-year program providing students in over 200 New York high schools the opportunity to earn UAlbany credits and develop skills for future academic success.
These exemplars represent only a small portion of the important contributions many of you are making to address public needs, local to global. Together we are advancing community engagement as a core value of the University at Albany.
Dr. Robert J. Jones
University at Albany