2017 Winners

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic 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 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 Recipient

Professor Delores PerillanProfessor Delores Perillan, Teaching Instructor of Spanish

  • Professor Perillan has been a member of the faculty in the Spanish program for many years. Over these years she has introduced hundreds or thousands of George Washington students to a love of the Spanish language, literature, poetry, and culture through engagement with students in the classroom and in the community. During the past five years, Dolores has worked with faculty in her department – Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures – and especially in the Spanish program to establish an Engaged Department through which every student who enrolls in a Spanish class has the opportunity to provide service in the DC community while developing and deepening their ability to speak Spanish, understand literature in Spanish, and develop knowledge of Latinx culture.



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

Frederick Community College and Maryland Legal Aid

  • As a community college, FCC serves students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Settling legal issues is often a complicated and costly endeavor that can cause many people to feel in over their heads. Each semester, Pro Bono Day (organized by FCC and Maryland Legal Aid) provides critical assistance by offering free legal help to any community member who needs it. This has had a large impact on the community and gives members the opportunity to manage and hopefully close out legal issues that could continue to cause them problems in the future if not given this free assistance. The impact is also seen directly through the large number of community members who attend each year.



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 Recipient

Emmjolee Mendoza-WatersEmjolee Mendoza-Waters, The Catholic University of America

  • As a member of the Catholic University community for over 20 years (as she attended the university for her undergrad), Emjolee has brought joy and a passion for CUA to her university and its students. Emjolee currently serves as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service at CUA, where she works with organizations like Bethlehem House so that her student with intellectual and developmental disabilities can have life-changing and transformative experiences. She has created growth, enthusiasm, and appreciate all over the campus of CUA for those who are vulnerable and marginalized.



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 Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic. Recipients may be a service-learning faculty member, campus-community partnership, volunteer office, or another collegiate program that yields civic outcomes.

Award Recipient

Ed Freel

Edward Freel, University of Delaware

  • As a distinguished public servant, former provost of the University of Delaware, and now the university’s director of the Community Engagement Initiative, Edward Freel has shown himself to be more than deserving of the Civic Engagement Award. In his current position at the University of Delaware, Freel has taught best practices of service-learning, found hands-on opportunities for students, helped connect students with his own working relationships, and helped to mentor students. He has made himself an invaluable part of the University of Delaware community.



Acknowledges student groups 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

Habitat for Humanity at the Catholic University of America

  • In the 2016-2017 school year, CUA sent over 70 students across the United States to spend their spring break vacations volunteering. CUA Habitat also had over 100 students participate throughout the academic year in Service Build Days in the DC Metro Area. They joined Habitat for Humanity’s advocacy campaign called Act Speak Build Week, which is a weeklong advocacy event with various activities to engage and educate students, staff, and faculty in the CUA community. Additionally, we had several students from the executive board attend Habitat on the Hill in February to advocate for affordable housing directly to legislators on Capital Hill.



Recognizes a leading partnership between PreK12, higher education, and the community. This partnership addresses issues related to college, career, and civic readiness through student engagement and service-learning, thereby increasing both student success and community development.

Award Recipient

Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick Community College

  • Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick Community College have worked together to help students of all backgrounds succeed. In particular, their Dual Enrollment program provides students the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school. These classes are offered at the student’s high schools, so that they can easily participate and earn college credit. They are also currently participating in a P20 CONNECTS pilot program to combat the high drop-out rate of ESL students in the school system. Together, FCPS and FCC have shown their commitment to helping students from underserved communities engage and succeed in their coursework and eventually become civically engaged citizens.


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-Delaware region and beyond.

Award Recipient

Dr. Dan Rich, Director of Community Engagement, University of Delaware

  • Dan Rich serves as Director of Community Engagement at the University of Delaware. This initiative builds on the accomplishments that have earned UD the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2015. Rich holds faculty appointments in the School of Public Policy and Administration, where he serves as a professor, academic adviser, and director of the PhD program in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Rich specializes in education policy as well as science, technology and public policy. Rich is known for his work on the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, a group aiming to strengthen Wilmington public education, and he served as UD’s provost from 2001-2008. With nearly 50 years of experience as an educational leader at the University of Delaware, Rich is known for his passion, vision, and commitment. Rich has served as Chair of the Delaware Early Childhood Council, a leader of the Vision Coalition education reform effort, a Delaware Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States, and a member of many Delaware education boards, commissions, and councils.
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