CNU's Service Distinction Program

Your guide to realizing the power of purposeful community engagement! 

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  • Take your volunteer work to the next level

  • Amplify your education  

  • Make a meaningful impact in the community  

 

What is Service Distinction?

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Moving beyond the “one-time volunteerism” model, the Service Distinction (SD) program provides a framework to establish deep and beneficial 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; and

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

 

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 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 250) within one of CNU's ten Service Tracks, and are 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.


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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" 

  3. Enjoy the benefits of graduating with Service Distinction Honors! 

  • 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 honors on resumes and graduate school applications - service distinction demonstrates dedication, active citizenship, and commitment to community engagement.