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Santa Clara University's Laurie Laird Recognized for Her Impact on Service-Learning, Community-Campus Partnerships in the Bay Area

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2011­—Santa Clara University’s Laurie Laird received California Campus Compact’s 2011 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education.
California Campus Compact developed the Richard E. Cone Award in response to the recommendations of service-learning practitioners throughout the state of California who expressed hope that creating such an award would inspire all higher education institutions to consider ways to deepen their efforts to institutionalize and sustain authentic community campus partnerships.
Laird is the associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU. For more than a decade, Laird has been a tireless advocate of human rights and community-based learning, building strong and sustainable partnerships between the University and over 50 community organizations in the San Jose and Santa Clara area. She has a longstanding commitment to international relations and has for the last seven years, led a delegation of faculty and administrators to El Salvador annually, educating faculty and staff on the current social justice and community issues in El Salvador.
She founded and co-directs the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship program, providing undergraduate student grants for summer community-based social justice work. In addition to coordination of the immersion trips for faculty to El Salvador, she oversees the community-based learning programs of the Ignatian Center, including the support of faculty in community-based learning pedagogy. Under her leadership, over 1200 students per year engage in service in the community, and reflect deeply on the meaning of community service and civic engagement.
“Laurie has not only made significant contributions to partnerships between Santa Clara University and the local community, but her work and wisdom have benefitted other institutions of higher education. We are fortunate to have such a shining light on our campus who embodies our 3 C’s of competence, conscience, and compassion,” says Santa Clara University President Michael E. Engh, S.J.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, see
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