Applicant must:

  • Be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution
  • Have been working in the field of higher education community engagement for a minimum of five years
  • Demonstrate a substantive body of work developed over a significant period of time. The award is not focused on recognizing individual projects

Selection Criteria

I. Evidence of justice-oriented civic and community engagement work

  • Demonstrated integration & institutionalization of effective practices that promote the pinciples of equity, full participation, and community as co-educator
  • Evidenced by any of a variety of artifacts, including works of scholarship, documentation of community collaborations, documentation of projects engaging and partnering with faculty, and documentation of programs that engage students

II. Evidence of community collaboration and change

  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of sustainable, effective, ethical partnerships promoting transformative change that advances greater and more equitable participation in the political, economic, social, or cultural dimensions of community and public life
  • Evidenced by any of the following:
    • Ongoing work with community members to design, implement, and improve engagement initiatives
    • Recognition of partners as co-educators
    • Evaluation results of projects or programs that show benefits for both communities and students
    • Support for multifaceted partnerships focused on public issues
    • Participation in or facilitation of research-based collaborations
    • Participation in scholarship that engages partners in answering community-driven questions

III. Evidence of impact on the larger movement for ethical and effective higher education community engagement

  • Demonstrated leadership in developing a campus culture of ethical and effective community engagement through programs, practices, or policies that have had cumulative impact improving the field of community engagement (locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally)
  • Evidenced by the nominee’s contributions to the adoption of ethical and effective practices on or beyond an individual campus

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Application requirements
  1. Narrative (up to 500 words) addressing the following questions:
    • How has your body of work exemplified effective practices in higher education community engagement?
    • What project, effort, or community partnership are you most proud of?
    • How has your work on specific projects or programs advanced progress toward greater justice, equity, and full participation?
    • How have you challenged your institution, or higher education more broadly, to do better?
  2. Nomination letter from senior leader in the instituton (e.g., dean, vice president, provost, president, chancellor)
  3. Letter from a collaborator (community partner, faculty, student, or staff member)
  4. Artifacts documenting key projects, with at least one demonstrating each of the three selection criteria listed above (maximum 10 pages total)
  5. Resume or curriculum vitae

For the 2024 Cruz Award:

  • The online application form will open in August 2023
  • The nomination deadline will be October 25, 2023
  • The 2024 recipients will be notified in December 2023
  • Public announcement & recognition: January 2024