PICCE recognizes outstanding faculty and community partners each year, highlighting impact and innovation in our community. We showcase community partners for their excellence in partnering with institutions of higher education, the service as co-educations of college students, and their creativity in developing projects and research to involve students in solving real-world problems. We also honor faculty from regional institutions of higher education for their commitment to community-based learning and their excellence in research that addresses the critical needs in our region.
Community Partner Awards
The Impact Award recognizes an innovative program of community engagement, bringing universities, students, faculty and staff to support our community in a novel and effective manner.
The Spokane Interfaith Council has impacted area colleges and universities through its creation of learning communities within local houses of worship. Through its “Meet the Neighbors” program, the organization has fostered intercultural understanding and directed learning specifically at millennials through its use of short videos to introduce viewers to the cultural expectations of different sacred spaces in our city. The videos have been shown at area institutions of higher education, prompting campus interfaith events. Specifically, Spokane Interfaith Council has partnered with Whitworth University students to research the history and frequency of religious violence in Spokane with an eye to creating understanding and informing policy in our city. PICCE recognizes Skyler Oberst, current chair of the Council, for his ability to bring so many to the table across lines of religious difference and to reach specifically to university students to involve them in creating transforming Spokane into the compassionate city we aspire to be.
Mentor of the Year
The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes an individual community partner for his/her excellence in advancing students’ learning and facilitating meaningful outcomes for our community.
PICCE awarded its 2016 Mentor of the Year Award to Jessica Deutsch, who serves in dual roles as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Cheney School District and Communities in School of Spokane County. Jessica goes above and beyond to provide transformational service opportunities to our institutions while empowering our students to make a difference in the lives of the youth that are served. Her passion for serving the K-12 community has inspired many to serve as volunteers in the schools with at-risk youth. She trains hundreds of mentors annually, many of which are local college students, and does so in a way that not only empowers them, but makes them feel like a truly valued community member. Being a volunteer coordinator is only one of the many hats Jessica wears. She is also serves on the board of Partners in Campus and Community Engagement, and is the West Plains Coordinator for PACE, which seeks to inspire and support exceptional character through education, community partnerships and recognition. Please join us in thanking Jessica for her exceptional work and for partnering with our area institutions of higher education to provide meaningful opportunities to serve our community.
Community Partner of the Year
The Community Partner of the Year Award recognizes an agency in our community that has partnered with universities at multiple levels, including service-learning, Community-Based Research, place-based initiatives, and reciprocal service.
The 2016 Community Partner of the Year Award is presented to Spokane Public Schools for their tireless efforts to build bridges between our community and local schools. In particular, we want to recognize Fred Schrumpf and Leslie Crane for their School-Community Partnership work. Each of the PICCE institutions has a special relationship with Spokane Public Schools that allows the uniqueness of the institution to support the success of local K-12 youth. Their work brings together stakeholders across the community to provide a coordinated approach to youth development. Thanks to their efforts, college students across Spokane have opportunities to serve as mentors and tutors to area youth. These students learn about the challenges facing local youth and their families. They also learn about the ways dedicated educators and community members work with communities to build systems of support and opportunity for those most at-risk.
Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning
The Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning recognizes a scholarly presentation at the 2016 Community Engagement Institute that was distinguished by its innovation and effectiveness in the application of community-based teaching and learning.
Dr. Lesli Cleveland, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Eastern Washington University, was selected by the faculty peer-review board of INSLP for excellence in community-based learning for her presentation entitled, “Service-Learning in a Kindergarten Literacy Project.” The review board specifically applauded Dr. Cleveland’s involvement of her school partners. The community helped to identify the need for the program and the design of the literacy screening process which her students implemented. By involving her partners throughout the life of the project, Dr. Cleveland modeled reciprocity, helping her students to see that community can work with the academy to create positive impact.
Excellence in Community-Based Research
The Award for Excellence in Community-Based Research recognizes a scholarly presentation at the 2016 Community Engagement Institute for the strength of its application of disciplinary expertise to a critical issue facing the community.
Dr. Gina Mikel Petrie, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Eastern Washington University, was recognized by the faculty peer-review board of INSLP for excellence in community-engaged scholarship. The peer-review board highlighted her well-rounded approach to community change, grounded in scholarly literature and creative in its involvement of multiple partners. Dr. Petrie’s presentation at the 2016 Community engagement Institute, “Toward Sustainable, Effective Service: Creating a Consortium,” details how university scholars can take the lead to involve multiple groups in addressing the needs of P-12 English-language learners, leveraging university resources to advance community goals for immigrant and refugee populations.
Nominations for Awards
We invite faculty, staff and students at area institutions of higher education to nominate individuals or organizations in any of the following categories:
Impact Award: our annual award to recognize a new partnership, program or initiative bringing higher education and community partners together to make significant impact on critical issues facing Spokane. Nominations in this category may focus on innovative service-learning, community-based research, philanthropy, or project-based work that creates a significant and demonstrable community impact while advancing knowledge creation and the greater good.
Mentor of the Year Award: this annual award recognizes a specific community leader who, in partnership with higher education, has advanced the learning of students, the research of faculty or the capacity of campuses to have an impact on the local community. The recipient of the award is a co-educator and community scholar of practice in the fullest sense.
Community Partner of the Year: an award to recognize an agency or organization whose partnerships with Spokane campuses achieve a depth and breadth of collaboration and reciprocity. Recipient organizations are typically a part of the learning, volunteerism, philanthropy and scholarship of multiple campuses, and they invest their time in both their mission as well as knowledge creation for community impact.
Nominations are closed for the 2016-2017 academic year.
We will present the awards on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, at 5 PM at the Community Engagement Symposium in Gonzaga's Hemmingson Center Ballroom.