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Defiance College receives national recognition for community service, engagement

January 13, 2015


The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor RollDEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College has again received national recognition for its leadership in community service and engagement with its inclusion in the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the eighth consecutive year that Defiance College has been honored.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the award since 2006 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, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

“We are honored that Defiance College has again been recognized on a national level for our commitment to service,” said DC president Mark C. Gordon. “This reinforces the value of Defiance’s model of service learning and the amazing opportunities through the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, Project 701, and numerous other programs that encourage students to engage with the broader community. These experiences help them grow as individuals and develop skills that can give advantages in getting into graduate school and getting jobs.”

Defiance College students, as well as faculty and staff, perform thousands of hours of community service each year through numerous initiatives including Project 701, the college’s student-run nonprofit; Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Empty Bowls event to benefit the PATH Center, Children’s Miracle Network, youth mentoring and tutoring, to name a few. Also, the college’s McMaster School for Advancing Humanity has ongoing projects in Cambodia, Belize and Tanzania.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is