2016 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.


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.


    • Ms. Rose Ann Cleveland, Executive Director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, DC metropolitan area. An outstanding civic leader known for his generosity, Morris Cafritz established the Foundation in 1948, and since 1970, awards totaling more than $338 million have been granted. In the last 10 years, $177 million has been awarded to more than 920 organizations in the areas of Community Services, Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and the Environment.


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.


      • Dr. Diana Guelespe, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Georgetown University Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service and Professor in the Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace Studies

    Dr. Guelespe organizes a community-based learning course where students visit the Central American Resource Center Citizenship Program to assist with Citizenship Education classes, conduct mock citizenship interviews, attend citizenship class field trips, conduct follow-up surveys on the effects of citizenship on immigrants, and assist with a voter education and outreach session.

    • Dr. Lorece Edwards, Associate Professor of Behavioral Health at the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy

Dr. Edwards is a committed academician, a health professional of the first order and an innovator in the field of HIV/AIDS primary prevention. Her dedication to community service, mentorship, and her own professional development is unquestioned. Beyond those attributes, she is a mentor who gives of her time and expertise unequivocally and with strategic results.


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.


    • Georgetown University’s Limited Purpose Driver’s License Community Participatory Action Research Project

In January 2015, an academic-community partnership between Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ), Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), and Trabajadores Unidos de Washington, DC was formed to help the community address and improve accessibility of DC’s newly created Limited Purpose driver’s license (LPDL) for undocumented residents. The result was a research report presented to the DC Council and community stakeholders ultimately resulting in policy changes that will increase license accessibility and ensure a more fair and efficient process for the estimated 25,000 undocumented immigrants who reside in Washington, DC.

    • The McDaniel College and Boys and Girls Club of Westminster Partnership

For the past 6 years, McDaniel College has had a very strong established partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. This past year, McDaniel had over 350 McDaniel students work with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster and over 7,500 hours of service were completed through various activities from annual service events, the Diplomas to Degree program providing college application assistance, and service-learning courses that helped to create a mural and enhance the Boys and Girls Club website marketing.


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.


    • Dr. Mickey Burnim, President, Bowie State University

Dr. Burnim’s tenure at Bowie State University, which began in September 2006, has been marked by a commitment to community engagement through social justice work and economic equity work at Bowie State and throughout Prince George’s County with initiatives designed to enhance academic success of students and create partnerships that benefit the university and county. Most notably, under Dr. Burnim’s leadership, the collaboration between Woodland Job Corps and Bowie State University has provided services to low income at risk youth through education and training in six career paths to prepare them for long term career readiness and success.


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.


    • Towson University Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership

This office has transformed the landscape of Towson University by promoting, supporting, and organizing civic engagement opportunities for all students, both inside and outside the classroom, and connecting them in meaningful with people and organizations in the Baltimore and Maryland community. The Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership supports academic opportunities such as the service-learning faculty fellows program and service-learning grant and co-curricular programs focused on democratic citizenship, political learning, diversity learning, and leadership development.


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.


    • Council for Inclusion, Change and Equity (CICE) at Loyola University Maryland

The Council for Inclusion, Change and Equity (CICE) of Loyola University Maryland was formed in response to racial injustices happening across the country and their campus. The founding members of CICE, who are all members of the Class of 2018, had already been promoting racial justice in Baltimore by assisting community leaders who had been doing the same for many years. Their mission is to improve and enrich the everyday experiences of marginalized groups of people through educational programming, authentic dialogue surrounding the need for racial equity and healing, and a long-term commitment to promoting anti-racism.

    • Students Helping Honduras at Towson University

SHH is a nonprofit organization that works to end gang violence and extreme poverty in Honduras through youth-empowerment and education. Towson’s chapter of SHH has existed since 2010, and sends around sixty student volunteers each year to Honduras to live and work within a community, performing service projects like constructing basketball courts, schools, and homes for orphans. During the rest of the year that students are not in Honduras, they raise funds through Towson University-based events.


    • Hood College’s Enactus

The Hood College Enactus Team is a chapter of an international organization connecting students, faculty, and business leaders to develop and operate entrepreneurial projects aimed at empowering individuals and positively impacting communities in sustainable ways. The Hood Enactus Team created a design project aimed at assisting the homeless with a product that combines a backpack and a jacket, which they called the “Backet.” The Backet is a cross-functional piece of apparel placed in context with the nomadic, challenging life of a homeless population.



    • Dr. Emily Morrison, Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Human Services and Social Justice (HSSJ) Program at the George Washington University

Emily Morrison is passionate about understanding and cultivating meaningful experiences that contribute to individual and collective learning and wellbeing. As a teacher, she utilizes a range of active learning techniques and incorporates aspects of community-engaged scholarship in every course. Her research includes examinations of global service-learning and faculty perspectives on community-engaged scholarship. Combining her expertise with her administrative, research, teaching, and service roles, she collaborated with five faculty and six different community organizations and designed an IRB approved research project that examines the critical factors that affect Seniors’ sense of wellbeing in DC.