Saint Mary's has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a leader in incorporating community engagement into the academic curriculum.
"Through community engagement and critical analysis, our students reflect on and make meaning of what they are learning and how to apply it to make a difference in the world," said Marshall Welch, director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) at Saint Mary's.
The Corporation for National and Community Service also honored Saint Mary's by placing it on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities. This is the third year in a row Saint Mary's College has been recognized by the organization.
"We celebrate our inclusion on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement," said Provost Beth Dobkin.
Students' civic engagement work during 2007–2008 included:
- Through the Bonner Leader program, students clocked more than 4,700 hours at Oakland's Lasallian Education Opportunity (LEO) Center.
- Carnival for Kids welcomed 160 children from four local schools for games and activities in spring 2008.
- Since January 2006, SMC students have worked more than 10,000 hours in hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans.
- Nearly 50 Jumpstart Corps members invested 13,650 hours in five preschools in Oakland (pictured).