Celebrating Community Service at the State House


On April 7, elected as well as appointed public officials, community leaders, and partners convened to recognize Wheelock College’s designation as one of the nation’s top four higher education institutions for community service. Wheelock College received the 2014 White House Award in Education, the recipient of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The speakers at the Massachusetts State House ceremony included:

  • President Jackie Jenkins-Scott
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
  • Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education for the City of Boston on behalf of Mayor Walsh
  • Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps at the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • House Education Committee Chair Alice Hanlon Peisch
  • State Representative Gloria Fox
  • Olga Pirela, Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Education, on behalf of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Wheelock College Board of Trustees Chair Kate Taylor

Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Wheelock College earned the highest distinction in the education category. This is the fourth consecutive year that Wheelock has been recognized by CNCS for achievements in community service with a place on the Honor Roll.

With reference to Wheelock College and community service, President Jenkins-Scott said, “It’s in our DNA. It’s what makes Wheelock, Wheelock.” Wheelock students provide an estimated 220,000 hours of service annually to the community in more than 280 Boston area organizations.

Gov. Baker said: “While recognition is terrific … there is something more to this. [Community service] is just simply part of what Wheelock is all about. … In the long run, that legacy will be a lot more important than the award you receive today or the award you win tomorrow.”

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