Fairfield tops in service

Fairfield tops in service

For the sixth year in a row, Fairfield has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by a federal agency that leads President Obama’s call to service initiative.

Launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Honor Roll annually recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The University has made the Honor Roll every year since its inception. “It celebrates institutions that are civic-minded and that integrate community engagement in teaching, research, and co-curricular activities – hallmarks of a Jesuit education,” said Melissa Quan, associate director of Fairfield’s Center for Faith and Public Life and director of service learning. “Every year we are able to highlight exemplary community-university partnerships involving a wide range of community organizations and departments and programs across campus — from athletics, to campus ministry, the Quick Center, and many academic courses and research projects — attributing to Fairfield’s ongoing recognition.”

In 2011 alone, Fairfield students devoted more than 31,000 hours to community service.