The UNLV Office of Community Engagement seeks to support, facilitate, and promote collaboration, partnership, and engagement between the university and its many communities.
In support of its mission, the Office of Community Engagement administers annual awards that recognize campus individuals for their exceptional community engagement in the areas of 1) service-learning, 2) community-based research, 3) faculty/staff community outreach activity, and 4) student service.
These awards recognize individuals whose community engagement activity aligns with one or more of the university’s community engagement goals which are informed by the Carnegie Foundation’s definition of community engagement:
- Advance student community engagement opportunities;
- Engage with the community to support economic development;
- Invite the community to advance development and fundraising;
- Engage with partners to help build intellectual and cultural vitality in the community;
- Build relationships through and invite support of athletics;
- Encourage and facilitate greater community engagement; and/or
- Help solve community problems.
Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation -- one from a member of the campus community and one from the primary, off-campus community partner. (Please refer to the “Letter of Recommendation Guidance” document below.)
Self-nominations are welcome. Applications must be submitted for an individual; group applications will not be considered. Applicants can apply for only one award in only one category per year. There is no requirement for the award to be given in every category every year. Award recipients will be recognized at the annual campus recognition ceremony.
To learn more or to apply, please review the award categories and criteria below.