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Annual Awards

Each year we invite our member campuses to recognize special achievements on campus and in the community with our annual awards. The 2024 awards celebration was held on Friday, April 19th in the Kagin Ballroom at Macalester College in St. Paul.

This year’s awards

Schedule and tickets

  • 1:30 pm – Check-in & awards sponsors open house
  • 2:00 pm – Presentation of awards (snacks and refreshments will be offered)
  • 3:00 pm – Keynote speaker
  • 3:30 pm – Meet the awardees

Individual tickets ($15) and group tickets ($100 for a table of 8) are now available for purchase. Awardees will receive a promo code to attend for free.

What awards are offered?

In preserving traditions from our foundational network, two types of awards are offered each year, the Presidents’ Awards, and the Engaged Campus Awards.

Presidents’ Awards

Presidents’ Awards recognize outstanding contributions in civic and community engagement by students, faculty, staff, collaborative teams, and community organizations. Every member campus is invited to designate awardees to be recognized at the event.

  • The Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recognizes an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.
  • The Presidents’ Civic Engagement Leadership Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic and community engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.
  • The Presidents’ Community Partner Award recognizes a community-based partner or organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.
The Engaged Campus Awards

Engaged Campus Awards recognize great projects, partnerships, and programs related to civic and community engagement. A selection committee reviews nominations made by members and selects award winners to be recognized at the event.

  • The Engaged Campus Award for Alumni Leadership recognizes an alum from a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education.
  • The Engaged Campus Award for Community Collaboration recognizes a collaboration co-created with community organizations, leaders, and/or partners that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.
  • The Engaged Campus Award for Emerging Innovation recognizes a recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential, including student-led projects.

How do I nominate an individual or group for an award?

Be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter for notifications of when nominations open and important deadline updates. The next academic year’s timeline and registration for upcoming award events will be published as available. Please contact Kara Trebil-Smith with any questions.

  • December 12 – nominations open
  • March 1 – nominations due
  • March 22 – awardees selected by review committee; communication shared with member campuses & awardees directly
  • April 19 – awards celebration at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN

Previous Award Winners

2024 Engaged Campus Award Winners

Access our past awards programs to see previous winners.

Further Questions

Questions about the awards process and event? Contact Kara Trebil-Smith.

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