Mount St. Mary’s reputation for service-learning and community engagement has received the highest federal recognition possible. This week, Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor was officially announced this week at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.
The Corporation for National and Community Service compiles its Honor Roll and Honor Roll with Distinction annually. This year, only 113 higher-education institutions earned recognition on the Honor Roll with Distinction, and Mount St. Mary’s was one of only a dozen colleges in California to achieve the status.
“I am so proud of all our students, faculty and staff who provide the leadership for our service initiatives at the Mount,” says Mount St. Mary’s President Ann McElaney-Johnson. “Our College’s mission includes fostering a spirit of service in our students. We are so honored to receive this recognition on behalf of our students.”
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
At Mount St. Mary’s, students engage in community service in a number of ways, including the College’s Mount Ambassadors. Having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Student Ambassador Program enables current students to motivate inner-city high school students to complete high school and to aspire to a college education. The College also organizes Live at the Mount, a program that helps high school students experience a college campus, and students participate annually in the Mount’s Invitation to Serve day of community service.
For more information on this or any of the Mount's other community-based programs, contact the Office of Community Engagement at 213.477.2662.
“We are inspired by the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to help women reach their full potential,” McElaney-Johnson says. “We remain committed to serving all persons without distinction, and in the spirit of our CSJ founders, we look always to respond to the needs of our ‘dear neighbor’ — whether that neighbor is here in Los Angeles or across the globe.”
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who supported relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered its annual service awards since 2006.