Award Winners 2013

President's Awards for Exemplary Community Engagement

Umaru Barrie, student, founder and president of Sankofa Africa Organization:  Local and international humanitarian efforts related to his interest in becoming a neurosurgeon and biomedical researcher addressing needs in underdeveloped countries.  Named as a Fundraising Board member of New Sudan Jonglei Orphans Foundation, Inc.

Albany SNUG (guns spelled backwards, based on the CeaseFire Chicago model): An innovative, multi-faceted and evidence-based public health approach to address and prevent violence among youth and young adults. The Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc. has been the service provider for the past two years with its collaborative partners, the Albany Police Department and Albany Medical Center. During start up and the first year, the School of Social Welfare served as grant writer, administrator and program evaluator and continues to provide support for sustainability.

Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness:  Engaged research, teaching and service that is building local and statewide infrastructure to prevent, reduce and better manage chronic disease among older adults and adults with disabilities. School of Social Welfare, NYS Office for the Aging, NYS Dept. of Health, Healthy Hearts on the Hill Coalition, and many community partners.

Center for Humanities, Arts and Technosciences (CHATS):  Community-engaged research, teaching and service involving programming enhancing the intellectual and cultural life of the region, with a particular focus on public humanities. Dept. of English, College of Arts and Sciences, with project partners including The Albany Academies, Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Albany Institute of History and Art, University Libraries and the University at Albany Foundation.

Committee on University & Community Relations: 
Since 1990, engaged service in addressing quality-of-life issues in Pine Hills and other areas where many students living off-campus reside; educational outreach to students about their civic responsibilities as neighbors. University Police Dept. (Personal Safety and Off-Campus Affairs), Pine Hills Neighborhood Assoc., many City and community partners.

G3: Going Green Globally:  Engaged teaching, learning and service in the full-time MBA program through a collaborative cornerstone project.  Student teams work with local organizations, faculty, local experts and policy makers to develop strategies for environmental sustainability that will manage the Triple Bottom Line -- People, Planet and Profit.  Management Dept., School of Business, with faculty also from Atmospheric Sciences, CAS, and CNSE; varied Capital Region partners.

Service Outcomes Action Research (SOAR)Longstanding community-based participatory research involving faculty and two providers of residential and community-based care for high need youth. Faculty and practitioners collaborate on developing evidence-based practices to improve treatment services and outcomes.  Community-engaged teaching has been another important component of this project.  School of Criminal Justice, School of Social Welfare, LaSalle School, Saint Anne Institute.

Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED)
A unique public-private partnership creating jobs through engaged teaching, service and research. The initiative is enabling economically distressed individuals, particularly the underserved, to start a small business through access to capital in the form of character-based micro-loans as well as business supports that help remove barriers to success.  School of Social Welfare and its Center for Human Services Research, School of Business, Small Business Development Center, SEFCU and  Empire State Development.

Women's Health Project: A community-based participatory research project, including engaged teaching, to address the needs of low-income underserved women in Hudson, New York for reproductive health care. Project works to overcome barriers and strengthen connections to community-based health and human service organizations. A project of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, CAS. Department of Communication, CAS, along with School of Public Health, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, members of a peer outreach assistance team comprising community residents.

Join us in congratulating our award winners!
May 8th, 5:00p-6:30p
Hall of Fame Room, SEFCU Arena