Each year, the White House honors programs that foster meaningful relationships among community members of differing faiths and backgrounds, as a part of its President?s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Colleges and univer?sities in the Interfaith Community Service category must demonstrate participation of campus and community faith-based organizations, including cooperation of faculty, staff, and students of diverse faiths and secular perspectives in projects that tackle community challenges. The White House announced that Seattle University was honored by the President?s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Interfaith Community Service as one of four finalists for the top award in the category. The Faith & Family Homelessness Project?from within Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry was recognized as significantly contributing to the honor, as it works with interfaith communities around the issue of family homelessness. In addition to interfaith community service acknowledgment, Seattle University was recognized for General Community Service?honor roll with distinction; Education?honor roll; and Economic Opportunity?honor roll.
In 2012, the White House honored Seattle University with the Presidential Award for community service, the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for its civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism. The university was one of only five universities in the nation to receive this honor and the only university cited as a Promise Neighborhoods recipient for coordinated, wrap-around, youth-focused service that supports the educational and social needs of children. A Seattle Times editorial called out the award and noted, "Seattle University serves as a national example of the difference higher education can make on its neighbors."
Then?again in 2013?Seattle University set a precedent by earning national recognition for the second consecutive year, making the President?s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction. The accolade acknowledges the university?s overall commitment to service as well as its significant work to implement the Seattle University Youth Initiative, which unites the university and wider community in a long-term commitment to build a better future for young people starting with pre-kindergarten and continuing through college.
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