SU Receives Presidential Award

By Stacy Howard
Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

Seattle University (SU) has received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service. Announced at a ceremony today in Los Angeles, the honor is the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism.    

SU was selected from 800 colleges and universities considered for this award. The school is the only winner chosen as the top institution in the Promise Neighborhoods category, in recognition of the work being accomplished with neighbors and community partners, through the Seattle University Youth Initiative.   

Begun in 2011, the youth initiative is a long-term campus-wide commitment by faculty, staff and students to join parents, the Seattle Public School District, the City of Seattle, faith communities and more than 30 community organizations to help children in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood thrive in school, attend college and succeed in life. SU and its partners are making progress throughout the community through educational programming, citizenship classes, tax assistance, computer literacy, health education and more.   

“Our partnership with families and others in the community has just begun, but great momentum is already gathering behind the initiative,” said SU President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. “We are in this effort for the long haul, and we won’t be satisfied until every child in our neighborhood graduates from high school and has an opportunity to go to college. We share this honor with our partners in the community, the Seattle Public School District, neighbors and most of all the inspiring youth of the neighborhood who teach us so much about resilience and hope.”  

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