Nadinne Cruz Community Engagement Professional Award
The award is named in honor of Nadinne Cruz, an innovative leader of community-based experiential learning and a pioneer of the movement for the public purposes of higher education. The Nadinne Cruz Award celebrates the ethical leadership and advocacy demonstrated by Community Engagement Professionals.
Be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution
Have worked in the field of higher education community engagement for a minimum of five years
Demonstrate a substantive body of work developed over a significant period of time. The award is not focused on the recognition of individual projects.
I. Evidence of justice-oriented civic and community engagement work
Demonstrated integration and institutionalization of effective practices promoting the principles of equity, full participation, and community as co-educator
Evidenced by any of a variety of artifacts, including works of scholarship, documentation of community collaborations, documentation of projects engaging and partnering with faculty, and documentation of programs that engage students
II. Evidence of community collaboration and change
Demonstrated commitment to the development of sustainable, effective, ethical partnerships promoting transformative change that advances greater and more equitable participation in the political, economic, social, or cultural dimensions of community and public life
Evidenced by any of the following:
Ongoing work with community members to design, implement, and improve engagement initiatives
Recognition of partners as co-educators
Evaluation results of programs or projects that show benefits for both communities and students
Support for multifaceted partnerships focused on public issues
Participation in or facilitation of research-based collaborations
Participation in scholarship engaging with partners in answering community-driven questions.
III. Evidence of impact on the larger movement for ethical and effective higher education community engagement
Demonstrated leadership in developing a campus culture of ethical and effective community engagement through programs, practices, or policies whose cumulative impact has improved the field of community engagement (locally, regionally, nationally or internationally)
Evidenced by the nominee's contributions to the adoption of ethical and effective practices across or beyond an individual campus