Initiative A, Objective 5: Tackle Community Challenges in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
Stetson received the Collegiate Engagement Hunger Hero Award for packing about 300,000 meals through a partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere. In what has become an annual tradition, Stetson students assemble ingredients for Red Lentil Jambalaya in biodegradable meal bags.
Executive MBA students in the Stetson University School of Business Administration reached out to help a local nonprofit that provides services to people who live with blindness and vision loss. As part of their marketing class, the students developed a marketing plan to raise awareness of the services provided by Lighthouse Works, and grow its fundraising and donor efforts.
Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures (Spanish) at Stetson University, was selected as a finalist for The Lynton Award, recognizing faculty who, early in their career before receiving tenure, connect teaching and research to community service and engagement. Cappas-Toro started La Casa Cultural Latina at Stetson to help Latinos learn to speak English and the Community Education Project to provide free classes to incarcerated people in a state prison.
Two Stetson University Environmental Fellows led an effort to start a $5 Green Fee each semester for students to pay for projects that will decrease the university's environmental impact. Stetson students were surveyed twice and both times supported the effort to add conservation measures on campus to save resources and the environment, such as solar panels on buildings.
Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, brought together city, county and state leaders to address issues and sign a pact to work together and with one voice in creating water action plans in Volusia County.
Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience focuses on water and environmental research in order to offer policy options to protect natural resources in Central Florida and beyond. It also channels student and faculty research across all of Stetson's colleges, in partnership with other institutions and community stakeholders.
Stetson is one of only two universities across the country recognized "with distinction" for every category of community engagement by the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. Organizations that Stetson partnered with for community outreach include the United Way, Volusia County Schools and the Bonner Program.
Community engagement is part of Stetson University's commitment to student learning through community impact. In 2015 the Carnegie Foundation awarded Stetson University its prestigious Advancement of Teaching Award in recognition of the university's ongoing efforts.
Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Volusia County Schools and New Teacher Center have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Florida Department of Education to create and launch the Volusia Center for Excellence in Education. The grant was awarded after collaboration by all the partners led to a proposal for strengthening and enhancing the skills of teachers as well as their knowledge of core subject matter. In-depth coursework, labs, field experiences and clinical education training will be required for all teachers going through this program.