Pitzer College Honored for Commitment to Community Engagement

Mural at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, one of CEC’s core partners.
Mural at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, one of CEC’s core partners.

Claremont, Calif. (June 15, 2015) —Pitzer College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service—the seventh time Pitzer has achieved this distinction. The honor roll highlights colleges and universities dedicated to fostering civic engagement and working with communities to solve problems.

Pitzer College was recognized for “the extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty and staff in meeting critical community and national needs.” On average, Pitzer students, faculty and staff commit more than 100,000 hours to community engagement projects annually. At Pitzer, 100 percent of students engage in academic service learning or community service before graduation.

Pitzer has been dedicated to building a better world since its founding in 1963. Today, Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) puts the College’s commitment to social responsibility into action by integrating work in the community with work in the classroom. Through CEC programs and partnerships, students tutor women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, hold poetry workshops with at-risk youth, write grants with local Native American tribes and teach day laborers English.

Each semester, Pitzer offers approximately 20 courses that incorporate service learning—an approach to experiential learning that connects students and faculty with local organizations for on-site research and educational opportunities, benefiting both the students and the community. Tricia Morgan, assistant director of the CEC, describes these kinds of interactions as a state of learning that is “constant rather than static.”

“Integrating academics and community engagement delivers greater student leadership development, enriched learning and improved academic performance through facilitating the creation of meaningful connections between practice and theory,” Morgan said.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that helps more than five million Americans improve the lives of fellow citizens through service. The agency initiated The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2006 to recognize institutions “that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.”

For more information about Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center, please visit the CEC website.

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility, and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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