Suffolk University has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its efforts to help address community issues while encouraging student involvement in civic life.
Suffolk students spend nearly 50,000 hours serving the community annually in activities ranging from building homes from the needy to tutoring schoolchildren to providing legal representation to indigent tenants through the Law School's legal clinics.
“We are pleased that Suffolk has once again been recognized for its commitment to community service,” said Acting President Marisa Kelly. “The University offers a learning environment that encourages experiential learning, and service gives students the opportunity to engage with people who may be different from themselves. It helps students to see pathways toward productive engagement as citizens of the world that we hope they will carry with them beyond their time here at Suffolk.”
Through partnerships in and beyond Boston, Suffolk integrates civic engagement and service into the curriculum. It also offers separate service opportunities organized by the Center for Community Engagement and the Law School’s pro bono program. These activities help students develop a greater understanding of social justice and advocacy, achieve a sense of personal growth, and discover opportunities for leadership development.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, when it was inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Suffolk University students joined these efforts, forgoing their traditional spring break vacations to help build in a hurricane-ravaged area of Mississippi.
The University has sponsored similar Alternative Spring Break community service trips since 2000. More than 130 students and staff fanned out across the country this past March to engage in activities at 11 locations. And, since 2007, an Alternative Winter Break service-learning program has traveled annually, helping to build homes in El Salvador – and last year in Vietnam.
The Carnegie Foundation also has recognized the University’s efforts with the Community Engagement Classification.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is managed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.