Campus Compact Honors UNH
Professor, Committee On Rights And Justice For Community Service
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
May 5, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – A University of New Hampshire faculty member
and a UNH student organization were recognized for their community
service projects by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire, at its
annual Presidents’ Award Luncheon held in Nashua today, May
5. More than 100 college students, higher education staff and administrators,
representatives of local K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations
attended the event to celebrate and recognize community service
activities at New Hampshire college campuses.
Kate Hanson, professor and chair of the Community Service and Leadership
Program at UNH’s Thompson School of Applied Sciences, received
the Presidents’ Good Steward Award in recognition of her
contributions in advancing public service on campus. Hanson co-founded
the Community Service and Leadership program and under her tutelage,
hundreds of students have dared to dream large and share their
talents with a long list of community agencies including Special
Olympics, New Hampshire Public Television, Danny’s Team,
the Red Cross among many others, offering more than 2,000 hours
of community service each year.
The Presidents’ Leadership Award was given to the Committee
on Rights and Justice (CORAJ), a UNH student organization formed
under the guidance of Nina Glick Schiller, professor of anthropology.
The award recognizes “…an individual student or student
organization that has made outstanding contributions to community
service, service learning and /or civic engagement efforts on their
campus. ”CORAJ organized in 2003 to help the Simwerayi family,
political refugees from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo,
bring their children to New Hampshire. The students circulated
petitions, raised funds, worked with federal, state and local officials
and engaged businesses and community partners to succeed in bring
the Simwerayi’s seven children to this country in September
2004. The students have not stopped with one success, and are now
helping to reunite another family from the Congo.
Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a consortium of 24 New Hampshire
college and university presidents in cooperation with private
sector partners who are united to the integration of service,
civic responsibility and community collaboration into all academic,
civic and student life facets of their institutions.
In the past year, New Hampshire college students have contributed
more than 705,000 hours of community service with activities
such as leading voter registration drives, tutoring children,
coordinating after school activities for youth, cleaning up parks,
mentoring at-risk youth, building homes for the homeless, visiting
the elderly and many other projects.