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Institutional Intentionality: IUPUI’s Civic Engagement Medallion

Like ADP’s William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, given  to AASCU chief academic officers (provosts) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates, IUPUI’s William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion honors the legacy of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties while also acting as a mechanism to recognize and reward those moving the civic engagement movement in higher education forward. Given annually to graduating students to honor their civic engagement efforts, the Medallion is an act of institutional intentionality — a means by which the campus formally recognizes and rewards informed, engaged citizenship. Read below to learn more about this award.

Kuddos to IUPUI and the more than 90 students awarded this honor since 2006!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for Graduates

The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion was established in 2006 to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

The application is due annually on March 1st.

In alignment with IUPUI’s mission, the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion has been established to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student. The medallion is named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006, Dr. William Plater, a strong advocate of civic engagement during his career.

Students who are awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion will have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities, while making a significant investment to at least one community experience over time.

Click here to see the full text of Plater Medallion applicaiton. All official applications should be submitted through the online form above.

Application Requirements and Materials
Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate students who will receive their respective degrees by August 2013. Students completing their degree requirements in December of 2012 are also eligible to apply.

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is defined as active collaboration that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life in communities in a manner consistent with the campus mission. Examples of civic engagement experiences could include volunteer service at a non-profit agency, participation in a service learning course, contribution of voluntary work on a political campaign, advocacy on specific social issues, involvement with a faculty member on a community-based research project, or employment in a community work-study position.

Dr. William M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

As the chief academic officer for IUPUI, William M. Plater led campus efforts to improve undergraduate retention, enhance the effective use of technology, develop IUPUI as a model for civic engagement, and increase research productivity as a part of the campus vision to become a leading urban research university. Administrators and faculty from across the country come regularly to IUPUI to learn about its innovative programs in undergraduate education, programs that Dr. Plater was instrumental in designing and developing. Plater is active in his community, serving currently or formerly on the boards of The Children’s Museum, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indiana Humanities Council, the Indiana University Press, the Indiana Partnership for Higher Education, the Indianapolis Economic Development Advisory Board, MUCIA, WFYI, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. He holds baccalaureate (1967), Master’s and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In July 2006, Dr. Plater became the director of the Workshop on International Community Development, a joint program of the IU Center on Philanthropy and the Center on Urban Policy and the Environment of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Every year, recipients are honored with their medallions at the Showcase for Civic Engagement. The Showcase of Civic Engagement highlights the work of IUPUI faculty, students, and community partners in research, teaching, and service activities that have a positive impact on Indianapolis communities Commitment to Excellence in Civic Engagement Funds.

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