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Loyola University New Orleans Named to 2015 Presidentís Honor Roll

Loyola press release - December 1, 2016

University receives national accolades for community service, service-learning and civic engagement

Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce that the university has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an honor bestowed in recognition of students’ meaningful engagement in the community. This distinction is the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement. Each year, the President of the United States recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in communities through service.

In particular, service learning, the Loyola University Community Action Program, and community-based federal work study at Loyola University New Orleans were highlighted for their exemplary practices in connecting students to community partners.

During the 2014-15 academic year, 578 students participated in 14,263 service learning hours, while 53 percent of seniors enjoyed a service learning experience during their time at Loyola. Twenty-two faculty members taught a service learning course as well. Through the university’s community-based federal work study program, 22 students worked for 10 nonprofit off-campus employers while 26 students worked in on-campus positions that directly benefitted the greater New Orleans community.

“Service learning is a tremendously important pedagogical tool. It is proven to increase student learning and helps students and faculty make valuable connections between academia and the community. Furthermore, in service learning courses, students are not only offered instruction about social justice issues, but they are also given tools to create positive change regarding those issues. This practice is essential to Loyola New Orleans’ Jesuit identity and in particular, to demonstrating the key Jesuit value that we must be ‘men and women for and with others,’” said Jennifer Jeanfreau, director of the Office of Community Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship.

The Loyola University Community Action Program, or LUCAP, a student-initiated, student-led volunteer service and advocacy organization, offers students opportunities for direct service through its many projects in areas such as rebuilding, hunger and homelessness, tutoring and mentoring, and environmentalism. Objectives of LUCAP’s 11 projects are generally long-term. These projects serve a diverse set of populations, including: people with intellectual disabilities, residents in poverty, the hungry, the homeless, immigrants, and others.

Community partners during the 2014-2015 year included: the Ozanam Inn homeless shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and Green Light New Orleans. Additionally, 11 student delegates from Loyola attended the annual School of the Americas Watch November Vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga.

The 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges, and as a result, more students are likely to pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.