The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the U.S. Department of Education has once again named The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The occasion marks the fifth time TCSPP has made the list, which honors students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to bettering society through community service and service learning.
"One of my favorite times of the year is learning whether we made the Honor Roll," said TCSPP President Michele Nealon-Woods. "I've admired this program since its inception, because it recognizes the role of colleges, universities, and graduate schools as more than just places where students attend classes. We are proud members of and contributors to the communities that we serve."
Commenting on the program, CNCS Acting CEO Robert Velasco said, "Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community. We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities."
Upon its initial inclusion in 2008, TCSPP became the first nonprofit psychology school in the nation to make the Honor Roll. This year also marks the second time that TCSPP earned distinction status on the list. In doing so it once again joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including Ivy League universities, prestigious liberal arts colleges, and major state institutions with century-long traditions and extensive resources.
With a commitment to service deeply embedded in its mission, Chicago School students and faculty are responsible for a wide range of projects implemented with and for community partners. Last year alone, more than 1,100 TCSPP students engaged in community service supported by a CNCS program. Examples include working with Erie Neighborhood House to implement health programing for Latino/Latina children, assisting Illinois Connections for Families of Fallen to conduct a series of workshops to help military families who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and providing classroom assistant for all of classrooms at Garfield Park Preparatory Academy on Chicago's West Side.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 schools to colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.