CNU's Service Distinction Program

Your guide to realizing the power of purposeful community engagement! 

IMG_5858.jpg
  • Take your community service work to the next level.

  • Amplify your education.  

  • Make a meaningful impact in the community.  

What is Service Distinction?

Moving beyond the “one-time volunteerism” model, the Service Distinction (SD) program provides a framework to establish deep, beneficial and reciprocal relationships between the local community and CNU students.

DOS2013Set3(1).JPG

 

The Service Distinction Program encourages dedicated, consistent service that allows CNU students to:

 

  • Participate in higher level, more satisfying work than one-time volunteering provides

  • Gain valuable, real-world, marketable skills and experience

  • Develop skills related to policy development, program planning, and advocacy, while establishing a deeper understanding of societal issues and root causes

Moreover, the non-profit organization and the community being served benefit from the resulting impact a dedicated, reliable, and consistent team member provides.


Students can earn two different levels of Service Distinction Honors:

_NJH2982.jpg

1) Service Distinction:

Students serve a minimum of 140 hours, perform the majority of their hours (at least 100) within one of CNU's ten Service Tracks, and are highly encouraged to partner with one local non-profit organization to both provide and gain the most benefit from the program. For a detailed list of program requirements, download Service Distinction Requirements.

2) Service Distinction Leader:

Students serve a minimum of 400 hours, perform the majority of their hours (at least 300) within one of CNU's ten Service Tracks, and are highly encouraged to partner with one local non-profit organization to both provide and gain the most benefit from the program. For a detailed list of program requirements, download SD Leader Honors Requirements.


20120628_125146.jpg

Ready to get started? Follow these three steps to graduate with Service Distinction Honors:

  1. Enroll in the Service Distinction Program

  2. Download the “Service Distinction Requirements” and/or "Service Distinction Leader Requirements" to complete 

  3. Enjoy the benefits of graduating with Service Distinction Honors! (See below)


Students who complete the program requirements are acknowledged and honored for their service in the following ways:

  • Service Distinction Ceremony prior to graduation

  • Certificate of accomplishment, SD T-shirt, graduation tassel (double tassel for SD Leaders), and CNU Engage Lapel Pin

  • Honors at graduation

  • Ability to include service distinction on resumes and graduate school applications; the service distinction demonstrates dedication, active citizenship, and commitment to community engagement.