Hiram College is proud to have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2015.
Since 2006, this honor has highlighted the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.
Hiram College was recognized in the general community service category for its dedication to giving students opportunities to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. The honor roll recognizes Hiram’s commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals through service, including initiatives in education, health, economic opportunity, the environment, disaster preparedness or other human needs.
In line with its mission to foster intellectual excellence and social responsibility in its students, the Hiram community partakes in activities and traditions related to community service and civic engagement each year, including:
- an annual day of service, Campus Day, in which students have a day free from classes to give back to the community.
- an annual ethics theme upon which students, faculty and staff engage in an ongoing dialogue throughout the year, through class discussions, events and community outreach.
- an alternative spring break trip through Habitat for Humanity.
- the Service Leaders program, where students team up with local nonprofits and service agencies to do community service.
- peer mentoring opportunities.
“It is our goal at Hiram College to support students in making connections between classroom learning and practical experience,” said Liz Okuma, M.S.Ed., Vice President and Dean of Students. “Community service is an important part of being a responsible citizen, and we are proud of this recognition.”