Diversity and Community Engagement
The University of Mississippi

Excellence in Community Engagement Awards

The University of Mississippi Excellence in Community Engagement Award  recognizes outstanding accomplishments in community-engaged (CE) research, learning, and service, and engaged scholarship. One CE Finalist will be selected from each of the following project areas: CE Research, CE Learning, CE Service, and Engaged Scholarship. Each Finalist will receive a $1,000 award to further their community-engaged work. The UM Excellence in Community Engagement Award will recognize the most outstanding CE project and includes a $5,000 award to further community engagement. The Excellence in Community Engagement Award recognizes and rewards ongoing or recently completed CE research, learning, and service and engaged scholarship; therefore, applications should focus on accomplishments and existing CE projects and not propose future CE projects. Faculty, staff, and students from the Oxford, regional, and UMMC campuses are eligible for this award.

Community engagement describes collaboration between UM and partnering communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity while fulfilling UM’s mission of scholarly learning, research, and service. Communities are broadly defined as groups of people in the public and private sectors who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests, or situational similarities at the local, regional/state, national, or global levels.

2021 Excellence in Community Engagement Award Honorees

Recipient of Excellence in Community Engagement Award: Growing Healthy Minds Bodies, and Communities: An Integrated Preschool Curriculum ($5,000 award)

Finalist with Distinction for Excellence in Community Engagement: LeadershipServ’s™: Excellence in Servant Leadership Program ($3,000 award)

Finalist for Community-Engaged Service: Pro Bono Initiative at the University of Mississippi School of Law ($1,000 award)

Excellence in Community Engagement Honor Roll: Charger for Life – Character Development Curriculum for Oxford High School’s Football Team 

2020 Excellence in Community Engagement Award Honorees

2020 Overall Recipient – Voter Empowerment Project

2020 Finalists


2020 Honor Roll

  • Mississippi Region VII Science Fair
  • Promoting Inclusive Healthcare through Service-Learning with the Hispanic Community in Mississippi

2019 Excellence in Community Engagement Award Honorees

Overall ECE Award Recipients
Base Pair- A Model for Biomedical Research Mentorship
The Behind the Big House Program: Interpreting Slavery in Local Communities
Finalist, Community-Engaged Research
Exploring Exercise Behavior in Pregnant & Postpartum Adolescents in the Mississippi Delta: The Teen Mom Study
Finalist, Community-Engaged Teaching
Empowering Individuals to Reduce Lead Exposure from Drinking Water through Community Based Research
Finalist, Community-Engaged Service
Lynching Memorialization Lafayette County Project
Finalist, Engaged Scholarship
College 2 Youth: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for Improved Health & Wellbeing in the Mississippi Delta