CNU's Service Distinction Program
Your guide to realizing the power of purposeful community engagement!
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.
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:
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.
Ready to get started? Follow these three steps to graduate with Service Distinction Honors:
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.