USF students Alessandro Broido (left) and Kristina David (second from left) practice English with migrant farm workers as part of University Ministry's community service efforts at Puente de la Costa Sur in Pescadero.
The University of San Francisco has been named to the
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth
straight year, highlighting USF students’ exemplary service on issues ranging
from poverty, and homelessness, to environmental justice.
Begun in 2006, the Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a
college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering,
service-learning, and civic engagement.
“USF strives to distinguish itself as a ‘socially
responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor
sustained by a faith that does justice’ and our making the Service Honor Roll
every year since its inception is important external validation of our
mission,” said USF President Stephen
A. Privett, S.J.
Honorees are chosen based on the scope and
innovativeness of service projects, percentage of students participating in
service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school
offers academic service-learning courses. The Corporation for National and
Community Service administers the award, which recognized about 700 colleges
and universities in 2009.
At USF – where service programs extend to law
students working with developing nations to restructure their legal systems and
computer science students striving to bridge the digital divide by setting up
computer labs in disadvantaged schools in the Bay Area and abroad – a total of
2,964 students participated in some kind of community service in 2009,
providing a total of 165,963 hours of community service work, said Alan Ziajka,
USF special assistant to the president.