Awards

Developing sustained university/community partnerships can be challenging and require great dedication of all involved parties. An engagement award is never about one person—instead, we recognize and celebrate the faculty, staff, students, and community partners who have persisted in the difficult work of planning, implementing and evaluating a collaborative effort. The Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards recognize those committed to developing sustained and mutually beneficial relationships. Please see below to learn about award criteria and previous recipients.


Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards

Award Criteria

Nominations for the Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Achievement of mutually beneficial environmental, social, educational, and/or economic outcomes
  • Relationships of reciprocity and full participation in which the community partner voice has been fully integrated into planning, implementation, and evaluation of the initiative
  • An asset-based approach that is responsive to community needs
  • A bold vision that challenges conventional wisdom
  • Sustainable collaboration that is iterative and ongoing
  • Student ownership and leadership—including planning, research, implementation, advocacy, and/or generating broader student interest in the project

Nominate a Partnership

The nomination form for the Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards is now closed. Please check back in Winter 2018 to nominate a partnership for the awards.

Previous Recipients

In 2017, we recognized three partnerships with the Distinguished Engagement Initiative Awards. Click on the images below to learn more about the incredible work being done through these partners.

Spectrum Health Innovations

Spectrum Health Innovations Partnership

Pathway Home

Pathway Home

West Side Education Initiative

West Side Education Initiative

In 2016, we recognized three partnerships with two different awards: the Distinguished and Emerging Community Engagement Initiative Awards. Click on the images below to learn more about the incredible work being done through those partnerships.

Emerging Award

Intercollegiate Alliance for Health and Well-being

Distinguished Award

Distinguished Award

Emerging Award

West Michigan Environmental Action Council



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