For Immediate Release
March 11, 2013
One of 690 institutions of higher education to receive this honor
DALLAS – Paul Quinn College was named as a finalist on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Paul Quinn is the only Dallas-Fort Worth four-year institution and one of two historically black colleges to earn a place among the top colleges and universities.
“Being recognized by President Obama and his administration for our work in combating the food desert conditions of our community is both humbling and surreal,” said Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College. “This award is further proof that Paul Quinn College matters nationally and that we have established ourselves as a significant voice on the issue of food access. However, we know that there is still much work to do. We have no intentions of resting until we have secured a quality grocery store for this neighborhood.”
The nationally acclaimed WE Over Me Farm was the focus of the College’s proposal. Serving as Paul Quinn’s signature servant leadership initiative, the farm addresses the food desert that exists in the Highland Hills area of South Dallas. Fresh organic produce from the WE Over Me Farm is sold to residents of the area as well as Dallas-area chefs. The produce is also used in the College’s dining hall and ten per cent is donated to the community via the North Texas Food Bank. The annual fundraiser for the farm, A Community Cooks, will be held on April 11, 2013, 6-8 p.m. on Paul Quinn’s campus. More information about the WE Over Me Farm is available at www.weovermefarm.com.
“Congratulations to Paul Quinn College, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information about the Paul Quinn College community service efforts can be found at www.PQC.edu. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at nationalservice.gov.
Paul Quinn College, the 2011 HBCU of the Year, is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college founded by and affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The College was founded in Austin, Texas, on April 4, 1872, and is one of the nation’s consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The College provides a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace. Members of the College’s student body, alumni, faculty and staff, called Quinnites, embrace the institutional ethos of “WE over Me” and are dedicated to honouring the “Four Ls of Quinnite Leadership,” which are: Leave places better than you found them; Lead from wherever you are; Live a life that matters; and Love something greater than yourself.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.