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June 3, 2011

Emory on national 'Honor Roll' for service

Stephanie Spangler, a Jumpstart and Emory Reads volunteer, is one of 12 Community Building and Social Change Fellows.

Emory recently earned national kudos for its commitment to the greater good through research and service. The University has been named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In addition, one of the University's signature education and outreach programs has earned national notice as Georgia's most innovative, urban-based project.

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Emory as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The Honor Roll follows the Presidential Award for General Community Service that Emory earned in 2008, the highest federal recognition given to colleges and universities for their commitment to community service.

The University was admitted to the honor roll, with distinction, for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community.

Highlights of these partnerships include:

Welcoming new Americans

Nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate students provided more than 4,500 hours of engagement in activities addressing the needs of refugees and immigrants. They include health sciences students staffing health care clinics for migrant farm workers and conducting health literacy classes. Students from across Emory also serve as coaches for English language classes and teach bilingual social studies classes in DeKalb County schools.

Contextual education

Each cohort of 285 Candler School of Theology students is required as part of the curriculum to serve four hours a week for two years in placements ranging from hospitals to prisons and homeless shelters providing an annual total of more than 44,000 hours in service to people in need.


School of Medicine students design and teach biweekly health sciences enrichment classes to 150 students at South Atlanta High School with 40 Emory pre-med students serving as mentors and coaches for the academic year.

Emory Reads

Nearly 100 undergraduates have logged 20,000 hours of service as reading tutors in local public schools.


Through this Office of Student Leadership and Service program, 100 Emory students gave 30,000 hours of service as readers and early learning coaches for preschoolers living in low-income neighborhoods.

Nearly 90 percent of all Emory undergraduates take part in service projects. The University states in its strategic plan that it will "produce socially conscious leaders with a portfolio of skills proven and values tested in community involvement."

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