Service Learning and Community Engagement Awards

In the spring, the Center for Community Learning and Leadership hosts the Service Learning and Community Engagement Awards to honor faculty, students, and community partners for excellence in community learning and leadership. Award recipients demonstrate outstanding contributions to service learning, civic leadership, social justice, or community organizing.

2021 Awards

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and in accordance with guidance from the Office of the Chancellor, service learning placements were expected to be virtual during the 2020-21 academic year.  Award recipients demonstrated outstanding contributions to service and civic leadership that have made a difference during a time of crisis.

Service - Learning Student of the Year Award 

Leriza “Bea” Madriaga - Social Work

Faculty & Lecturer Awards 

Dr. Kristen ColeCommunication Studies

Lucas Hatton - Communication Studies

Community Partner Award

  • Winter Faith Collaborative
    • Phil Mastracola 

Collaborative Project Awards

Sacred Heart Community Service's Economic Empowerment Program 

  • Juan Carlos Soliz
  • Nhi Nguyen
  • Denise De Los Reyes

2020 Awards

Service Learning and Community Engagement Awards

In 2020, we marked the 20th anniversary of our Center. In recognition of this milestone, we celebrated all students, faculty, partners, and staff who have made a tremendous impact on our community during the last 20 years.

We marked this occasion by giving only one individual award, the Service Learning and Community Engagement Student of the Year Award.

Award Recipient: Erika Lisina

Erika Lisina 20th Celebration Awards

2019 Awards

Student Awards

Service-Learning & Community Engagement Student of the Year Award

Christian Ramirez


Honorable Mention

Lizeth Cruz

Jason Masters

Deisy Chavarin


César E. Chávez Award

Vidisha Rai


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Mayra Bernabe


Smith-Carlos Award

Paula Dauget


Disability Awareness Award

Giovanni Busalacchi


CommUniverCity Award

Alexandra Dahl


Veteran Service award

Kevin Nguyen

Tenure Track Faculty Awards 

Mary Currin-Percival - Political Science

Adrianne Widaman - Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging

Lecturer Awards

Rick Kos - Urban & Regional Planning

Collaborative Project Awards

Cyber Spartans

  • Luan Dinh
  • Crystal Fausett
  • Joanna Solis
  • Dr. David Schuster
  • Kevin Joel Salubre
  • Andrea Tully, M.Ed.
  • Christopher Conetta 
  • Robert Kraskian
  • Lizeth Gonzalez
  • Henry Fisher
  • Martha Reynoso
  • Candice Lee
  • Sage Dathan Suarez
  • Jay Pinson
  • Campbell Union School District
  • STEM Education Program

Project SHINE (Student Helping in the Naturalization of Elders)

  • Quynh Phan
  • Dr. Erin Woodhead
  • Michelle Vo
  • Dr. Megan Chang
  • Pakho Cheng
  • Melissa Chu
  • Shruthi Lakshmanan
  • Yu Ai Kai
  • Pranuthi Pagidipati
  • John XXIII Multiservice Center
  • LifeSteps

Smart Locker Project 

  • Eric Luong
  • Sabrina Miller
  • Garrett Fonseca
  • Zelin Cai
  • Axel Hugo
  • Dr. Julia Thompson
  • Saloni Madaan
  • Daniel Maloney
  • Lorena Silva
  • Gilroy Compassion Center
  • Athack

Community Partner Awards

  • Reading Partners
    • Accepted by Jeannette Lee, San Jose Program Manager, & Frankie Ramirez, AmeriCorps Member
  • McKinley-Bonita Neighborhood Association
    • Maria Lopez
  • Spartan Keyes CORAL Moves
    • Valerie Sanchez

Excellence in Service Learning Endowed Scholarship Fund

In April 2018, the Center for Community Learning and Leadership received a generous endowment from an anonymous donor to establish the Excellence in Service Learning Endowed Scholarship Fund. Service learning is an instructional strategy that connects academic learning with meaningful service that addresses community needs. The Endowment provides scholarships to students who have demonstrated excellence in service learning activities that have made a positive difference in San Jose.