The Center for Community Service-Learning honored three individuals, two organizations and one faculty-community organization partnership that have made significant achievements in service-learning and community service. The awards were given at the sixth annual Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony on April 21.
“These awards recognize those on our campus and in our community who are committed to serving others and making a substantial impact on our communities,” Christina Gonzalez-Salgado, civic engagement coordinator.
The award winners are:
Faculty Award for Civic Engagement: Ahmed Abo-Hebeish
Abo-Hebeish teaches an accounting service-learning course (ACC434S). In this course, he encourages students to use web-based research tools in applying tax theory to a wide range of decisions. Last year, his course included 60 students volunteering 600 hours of service and completing 250 tax forms to low-income residents at four Pomona community sites.
Staff Award for Civic Engagement: Carol Lee, student affairs
Lee serves as the treasurer of the executive board of the Chinese American Association of Walnut. The association plans large-scale cultural community events, provides health seminars and educational workshops. She has also served on campaign committees for two Walnut Valley Unified School Board members. Lee teaches at the San Dimas Tzu Chi academy and coordinates disaster relief fundraisers.
Community Partner Award for Civic Engagement: What in the World Are You Doing?
What in the World Are You Doing (WWD) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for service-learning in schools through action projects. It teaches residents the importance of healthy habits and connects artists to local youth. Its projects have affected more than 1,000 Pomona Unified School District students. WWD serves the Southern California region with the belief that everyone has the ability to make a difference in the world through artistic expression, healthy living and service-learning.
Student Organization Award for Civic Engagement: Bronco Athletic Association
Bronco Athletic Association (BAA) members volunteer Friday afternoons to engage in athletic activities with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona. They participated in the “February Feed,” collecting canned items and donating them to a local food bank. BAA annually gives a monetary donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. They provide essential clothing and blankets for families in need as part of Pomona Head Start’s Hand in Hand program.
Student Award for Civic Leadership: Rachelle Berry
Berry is a student volunteer at the Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center. As producer of the campus “Vagina Monologues” show, she was in charge of organizing the cast, handling promotions and supporting the directors. Berry has assisted with women’s empowerment workshops such as the Silent Witness Project.
Partnership Award of Excellence: The Historical Society of Pomona Valley and Professor Dennis Quinn
Quinn and the Historical Society of Pomona Valley are being honored for their lasting and successful partnership. Quinn arranged the creative service-learning project for his IGE 121 course, “Rationalism, Revelation, and Enlightenment in the Ancient World.” Students helped revitalize historical sites throughout Pomona. Board members of the historical society supervised students and educated them on the city’s rich history.