The Center for Leadership and Service at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was named to the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The news came to the office of Chancellor Allen C. Meadors in a letter from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“I am really proud of our students who commit themselves to volunteering in our community,” Chancellor Meadors said. “We will not rest on our laurels. This award is a rallying cry for even greater student engagement in even more creative ways.”
In all, nearly 500 of the nation’s college and universities made the honor roll. The award is sponsored by the Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development and USA Freedom Corps.
The agency issued a report showing that civic engagement among college students is on the rise. From 2002 to 2005, 3.3 million college students performed 20 percent more hours of community service.
More than 900 UNCP students performed more than 12,000 hours of community service during the 2005-06 school year, according to Aubrey Swett, director of the Center for Leadership and Service.
“This award is representative of our student’s passion and our institution’s commitment to community service,” Swett said. “More important, it demonstrates the deep compassion that our students have for their community.
“I agree with the report that community service is a growing movement, and I believe the stage is set to build on our foundation of community service and for our faculty to engage our students in service learning,” he said.