Dillard receives Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award for his contributions to civic engagement

February 8, 2008

Randy Dillard (standing at left), student activities supervisor, meeting with volunteers on MLK Day

DEARBORN / Feb. 8, 2008---Randy Dillard, student activities supervisor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, was honored recently by the Michigan Campus Compact for his contributions to service-learning and civic engagement.

Dillard received the 2007 MCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award; he was nominated by Troy Murphy, associate professor of communications.

“This is the highest annual award that MCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan,” according to a statement from the MCC.

“I’m really proud of this award, what it stands for and where the campus is going in terms of civic engagement,” Dillard said.

Since joining the staff of the Student Activities Office in 2004, Dillard has been responsible for initiating and coordinating a number of service programs on campus that have become annual events which are popular among students and the entire campus community, including the Gandhi Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, the National Family Volunteer Day, Metro Detroit Youth Day and the Service Plunge, a two-day immersion program for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Dillard also coordinates the campus’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, which celebrated its biggest event ever this year in terms of volunteer numbers. Next month, Dillard will lead campus volunteers during the United Way’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, which engages students in volunteer service during spring break. For the past two years, the program has focused on rebuilding communities recovering from hurricanes Katrina, Ivan and Rita in the Gulf Coast. This year, the city of Detroit has been added as a host community for the ASB program as part of a pilot project to connect local United Ways with students at local universities.

“Randy has shown through his actions that service to one’s community is of much importance to a brighter future,” according to senior Adam Harris, an avid volunteer with the campus’s civic engagement projects. “In building partnerships with community agencies such as United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Habitat for Humanity Detroit and Gleaners Community Food Bank, Randy demonstrates that with a collaborative effort, we can envision a better tomorrow through our service in the community.

“On a personal note, Randy has been a coach, mentor and role model to me,” Harris said. “I can say that metropolitan Detroit is a better place because he exists. I am thankful for his values to believe in an area that at times looks deeply in despair. He is a true servant of our community.”

In addition to his campus contributions, Dillard is involved in the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Youth Engagement Taskforce. His other honors include the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s 2007-2008 Minority Achievers Award and the 2006 Michigan College Personnel Association’s Les Carlin Professional Development Award.

Each year, the Michigan Campus Compact gives the Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award to one person from each campus who engages or influences students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, influence, or instruction.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education by promoting the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

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