“We are truly humbled by this prestigious recognition from the Washington Center,” said Jane K. Fernandes, President of Guilford College. “Guilford College is fortunate to have incredibly talented faculty and staff dedicated to finding newly creative ways to keep us on the leading edge of meaningful civic engagement. This award further inspires us to enhance and expand our community-building initiatives for greater impact.”
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars established this award to celebrate institutions in higher education — like Guilford — where the commitment to leadership extends into civic roles in the communities beyond their own campuses. The award aims to highlight, in particular, institutions that are forging transformational partnerships beyond campus to define and address issues of public concern, whether at the local, regional or international level.
Guided by its Quaker heritage and commitment to the practical liberal arts, Guilford College has a long history of civic engagement. Today, Guilford is a groundbreaking leader in the work of assisting in refugee resettlement. Partnering with Church World Service of Greensboro, N.C., the Every Campus a Refuge program provides refugee families with on-campus housing, use of college facilities, and a large community of support.
Guilford is demonstrating that colleges and universities have everything necessary to support refugees as they begin lives in new communities. The Every Campus a Refuge initiative is just the latest illustration of how Guilford seeks to live out its Core Values of community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice and stewardship.
The Washington Center Awards committee selecting the honored schools featured leaders in civic engagement: Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California, Chair; Bobby Hackett, President, Bonner Foundation; and Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Tufts University.