2015 Winners

The Maryland-DC Campus Compact annually recognizes excellence in leadership of civic engagement and service-learning in order to cultivate a culture of engagement throughout our region.

THE ENGAGED LEADER AWARD

Recognizes and honors an individual for his or her lifetime contributions as a systemic-change agent. This individual has helped to shape policy to advance communities, ultimately elevating the quality of collective life throughout the Maryland-DC region and beyond.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

    • Ms. Tamara L. Copeland, President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

    As President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, Ms. Tamara L. Copeland is the organization’s major thought leader, helping to envision and implement work that meets the needs of the sector and of the region. She came to WRAG with extensive experience in nonprofit management, policy and children’s issues having led Voices for America’s Children for a decade, the National Health & Education Consortium, and the Infant Mortality Initiative of Southern Governors’ Association, and Southern Legislative Conference as well as having been Congressman Bobby Scott’s (D-VA) Legislative Director. Last year, Copeland was named one of the Washington Business Journal’s 2014 Women Who Mean Business. The annual award honors the region’s most influential women across industries and professions.

THE CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARD

Recognizes an individual who has contributed substantially to the development of civic and community engagement in the Maryland-DC region. Nominees are public servants, non-profit, or other community leaders who have helped to create a culture of community-engagement an improved community life within the Maryland-DC region.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

    • Dominic Moulden, Resource Organizer for Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC)

    Dominic Moulden is the 2016 recipient for his dedication to democratic social and economic development in the region. A native of East Baltimore, Mr. Dominic Moulden has extensive experience in community organizing and affordable housing development. He has been the Resource Organizer for Organizing Neighborhood Equity – ONE DC (and its predecessor Manna Community Development Corporation) since 1997. ONE DC is Washington DC’s leader in community development, and focuses on community organizing, equitable development, popular education and resident-led policy advocacy. Moulden has strengthened relationships with other non-profits; brought neighborhood people into dialogue with one another and with those who represent diverse interests in the community, including developers, unions, employers, and politicians; and engaged for-profit developers to ensure their projects contain adequate community benefits.

THE ALAN G. PENCZEK SERVICE-LEARNING FACULTY AWARD

Recognizes and honors one faculty member in each of the three higher education sectors (state universities, community colleges, independent colleges and universities) for contributing to the integration of service-learning into the curriculum, according to criteria expressed in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

    • Ms. Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, Goucher College

Phaye Poliakoff-Chen 

    is an assistant professor and Director of the Writing Program at Goucher College. She has taught writing courses in both the men’s and women’s state prisons through the Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), and for the last three years, has been building a partnership with

Earl’s Place

    • , a shelter that provides transitional housing and facilities for “men experiencing homelessness” in downtown Baltimore. This partnership has grown from a one-semester community radio course, to a year-round program that incorporates art, writing, music, and urban gardening.
    • Dr. Ana Rodriguez, University of Maryland, College Park

Ana Patricia Rodríguez is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and US Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches courses in Latin American, Central American, and US Latina/o literatures and cultures. She involves her students in conducting community-based research. Thus far, she and her students and have worked on several projects with public schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, including the Embassy of El Salvador, National Park Service (NPS), Smithsonian Institution, PG Public County Schools (PGCPS), Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), among others.

THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Recognizes and honors one outstanding campus-community partnership that produces measurable improvements in people’s lives while enhancing higher education in the process. This award honors one partnership that has successfully demonstrated a commitment between higher education and the community, resulting in a tangible community impact.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

University of Baltimore – CUPS Coffeehouse partnership

    • University of Baltimore

Founded by a University of Baltimore alum, CUPs (Creating Unlimited Possibilities) Coffeehouse is an innovative non-profit that serves the Hollins Market community. CUPs responded specifically to the lack of economic opportunity for youth between the ages of 16 to 24 in Southwest Baltimore. In addition to a paid job behind the counter, employees at CUPs attend enrichment courses focused on job and life skills, as well as participate in community service projects in Southwest Baltimore. With the help of an MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA member, the Southwest Success Mentoring Program was established in 2013, matching dedicated UB students and community volunteers with CUPs employees and other neighborhood youth to create caring relationships based on guidance and support.

THE INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Recognizes and honors one outstanding individual for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement, by inspiring a vision for service on the campus, including involving faculty, students, and campus-community partnerships.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

    • Ms. Mindi Levin, Johns Hopkins University

Mindi Levin is the Founder & Director of SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the community engagement and service-learning center for the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. She creates strategies to integrate public health practice/community engagement into academic training. These efforts are accomplished in partnership with 100 community-based organizations in Baltimore. She provides programs and services that embrace the values of public service, social justice, citizenship, ethical decision-making, activism, and diversity. Ms. Levin holds faculty appointments in JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and JHU School of Nursing. Among other institution-wide initiatives, she trains cohorts of faculty and community leaders through SOURCE’s Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows Program.

THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AWARD

Recognizes and honors work, participation, and innovative ideas that contribute to the development of civic learning and engagement according to the criteria expressed in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Goal Categories for Purposeful Civic Learning, and expanded by Maryland-DC Campus Compact. Recipients may be a service-learning faculty member, campus-community partnership, volunteer office, or another collegiate program that yields civic outcomes.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

    • Baltimore Albert Schweitzer Foundation

The Baltimore Schweitzer Fellows Program is currently hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. It is a partnership program with the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University that provides graduate students in health and human service schools (including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Law) with a unique leadership development and community service opportunity. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Baltimore—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Baltimore area.

THE EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE STUDENT GROUP AWARD

Acknowledges three student groups (state universities, community colleges, independent colleges and universities) for their commitment and involvement in service projects that extend beyond any co-curricular requirements or service-learning courses, leading to long-term, sustainable, community impact.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Community Action Network

    • University of Maryland, Baltimore

The mission of the Community Action Network (CAN) is to empower Baltimore communities to positively impact the social, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and economic wellness of our community members, engage students in applying social work principles and skills to benefit Baltimore, and partner with the University of Maryland and other community stakeholders to improve quality of life in Baltimore. CAN was created by a group of Social Work students who saw a need in the community, and has engaged in community-based activities like fundraising for local nonprofits, performing service projects, and volunteering at festivals, in order to actively dismantle UMB students’ stigmas about Southwest Baltimore.

THE ENGAGED CAMPUS AWARD

Recognizes institutions of higher education for exemplary commitment to being a “community-engaged campus.” This is the region’s highest award for a community-engaged campus which is actively seeking to fulfill the public purposes of higher education.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Community Action Network

    • George Washington University

The George Washington University (GW) is committed to educating the next generation of citizen leaders. GW students, faculty and staffcreate and participate in service that puts knowledge into action to address education, health and social needs. With a unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital, GW students are able to directly address the pressing needs caused by long-term poverty and rapid economic change in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC while also advocating and working with policymakers on Capitol Hill. GW convenes leading practitioners, researchers, community organizers, and scholars to address real-world problems while providing students with opportunities to make a difference in- and outside the classroom, as well as promote rich and diverse interfaith service. GW’s culture promotes a deep commitment to service and civic engagement that teaches students how to lead effectively and imaginatively as they respond to society’s most pressing needs.