SUNY Buffalo State College will receive a 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from the Washington Center, a program in the nation’s capital that connects college students with internship opportunities.
Buffalo State was chosen from over 100 nominated colleges across the country based upon its leadership and innovation in civic engagement. Also receiving awards are Marquette University, Purdue University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of San Diego.
The award aims to highlight institutions that forge transformational partnerships beyond campus to define and address issues of public concern, whether at the local, regional or international level. President Katherine S. Conway-Turner will accept the award on behalf of the college at a luncheon later this month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
“Civic engagement has long been a hallmark of Buffalo State. Our faculty emphasizes the importance of connecting with the outside community through service-learning classes, and students have numerous opportunities to participate in off-campus community projects,” Conway-Turner said in a statement. “This commitment to serving the greater good helps us attract students who are seeking to become engaged citizens through hands-on learning opportunities. This emphasis on community involvement also provides an avenue for meaningful and lasting partnerships with organizations that have a significant impact on individuals living in Western New York.”