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Currents of Change Awards

Outstanding university-community partnerships are recognized in four focus areas:

  • Community Engaged Teaching – This area is comprised of community engagement projects involving teaching and learning activities that engage faculty, students and communities/community members in a mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. These activities address community-identified needs and deepen students’ academic and civic learning. Teaching and learning projects include, but are not limited to, service-learning courses.
  • Community Engaged Outreach – This area refers to community engagement projects that provide institutional resources or services to address a community-identified need. These projects can be on-going or one-time events that engage a university program or unit with a community partner. The project does not have to be connected to academic or research programs or objectives.
  • Community-Engaged Research – This area refers to community engagement projects involving faculty, students and community members in collaborative, respectful and mutually beneficial research and scholarship activities. These projects address community-identified needs and are broadly disseminated to peers and the community. The community-based programs assessment can be provided in the form of program outcome measures, as well as formal research-based metrics.
  • Student Initiated Community Engagement – This area refers to student initiated community engaged projects led by students in collaborative, respectful and mutually beneficial research and scholarship activities. These projects address community-identified needs and are broadly disseminated to peers and the community.

Award process

Currents of Change Award will resume in 2021.

Please check back for the updated schedule. 

The 2020 Center for Community Engagement and Impact Currents of Change Award has been cancelled. 

The award and ceremony will resume in 2021. Please check back for updates. 

 


 

 

Access the online application form. Complete one nomination for each initiative you are nominating.

Have the following information available before you begin:

Project information

  • Category
  • Project name
  • Nominator information
  • Nominee information
  • VCU partner information
  • Community partner information
  • Project duration

Project narrative

  • Community engagement focus area (three-sentence limit)
  • Community-identified need addressed by the project (two-sentence limit)
  • Project description (two-sentence limit)
  • Project scope (three-sentence limit)
  • Project innovation (two-sentence limit)
  • Evidence of project effectiveness and demonstrated outcomes (three-sentence limit)

For questions about the online nomination form, contact Grace Albritton at albrittongc@vcu.edu.

Scope

Scope refers to the breadth of the project and includes metrics such as the number of individuals involved in the project, the number of hours dedicated, the amount of institutional staff support time provided, the level of difficulty providing services, the level of skill and/or expertise utilized, and the level of collaboration with other organizations and/or leveraging of resources to implement the project.

Innovation

Examples of innovation include the use of new or creative solutions to persistent problems and the production of unique or surprising impacts.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of effectiveness includes measures such as the number of individuals impacted by the project, amount of money raised and other measurable benefits (e.g., number of houses cleaned/renovated/ built, tons of trash recycled, etc.), likely long-term benefits, and evidence of sustainability and/or institutionalization.