Notre Dame de Namur University Again Receives National Recognition For Dedication to Community Service

Belmont, CA, March 11, 2013 – For the third time, Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) joins an exclusive group of colleges and universities honored for their commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) admitted NDNU to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for reflecting the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in the community.

NDNU is one of 690 higher education institutions admitted to the Honor Roll for 2013. The university was recognized previously for its community-based learning programs with a variety of community partners.

“The values of social justice and Catholic Social Teaching are an integral part of the NDNU learning experience,” said NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig. “It is encouraging to receive further validation of our commitment to social justice and service to the community.”

This year NDNU was recognized for the following community engagement projects:

  • Belle Air School — When Belle Air Elementary School in San Bruno entered its fifth year of program improvement, NDNU proposed a partnership in which the university would provide resources to help the school improve its student performance. With the aid of student teachers and after school tutors, performance in the 2011-2012 academic year increased 50 points over the previous year, and if similar growth is achieved in the 2012-2013 academic year, Belle Air will no longer have a program improvement designation.
  • Alternative Spring Break, Apopka, Florida — In spring 2012, eight NDNU students spent their spring break in Apopka, Florida working alongside a group of migrant farm workers and listening to their stories. Home stays with local families provided first-hand experience of the economic pressures the workers in that region face. In the afternoons, the students reflected on racial diversity and discrimination, and upon their return they offered a presentation of the social issues they encountered and explained how Catholic Social Teaching and the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community informed their understanding of the problems.
  • Partnership with Shelter Network — NDNU’s long-standing partnership with Shelter Network (now InnVision Shelter Network) has offered students the chance to contribute to the welfare of the homeless population of San Mateo County. Last year, students helped with gardening, painting and staging apartments, clothes closet services, tutoring and administrative work, as well as helping with InnVision Shelter Network’s annual fundraisers and events.