Celebrating Service and Engagement

The McLean Institute seeks recognize the extraordinary work of servant leaders on campus and in our partner communities. Our work to highlight the community engagement accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and partners is driven by the vision of the UM2020 Strategic Plan’s call for a Transformation through Service, which calls on the University of Mississippi to “establish a culture that celebrates, rewards, recognizes, and values community engagement.”

Each year the McLean Institute hosts the Celebration of Service to honor exemplary servant leaders. The premier award given at this Celebration is the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Award, which is given to one community member and student each year to recognize their humble service to the broader community. Learn more about the Sullivan Award and its past recipients here.

Thank letters from Crenshaw Elementary on display at Rebel Global Connections' presentation at the Service-Learning Symposium.

Letters from Crenshaw Elementary School students on display at Rebel Global Connections’ presentation at the Service-Learning Symposium.

The McLean Institute convenes a Service-Learning Symposium each year to showcase the service-learning activity of University of Mississippi students, faculty, and their community. The spring 2014 Symposium featured presentations from nine academic courses, campus organizations, and community partners.

To learn more about the Celebration of Service, the Service-Learning Symposium, or to share other ideas about community engagement work at the University of Mississippi, contact Laura Martin.

The McLean Institute also works to recognize the University community engagement accomplishments at the institutional level. In addition to conducting surveys of University of Mississippi students and faculty to learn more about the University’s culture of service, the McLean Institute assists in applications to national distinctions. In 2013 the University of Mississippi was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The McLean Institute continues to assist with this and other applications.