University of Michigan-Flint student Robert Burack was selected by Michigan Campus Compact (MICC) to receive an Outstanding Community Impact Award. Only six students in the state received this award, and the review panel selected this year's recipients from a pool of over 430 nominees.
"This MICC award is a distinct honor, given that the review committee focused on cumulative breadth and depth of service, capacity for meaningful reflection, and partnership building," noted Burack. "This kind of service work is challenging, but incredibly meaningful. It has changed who I am in a fundamental way. I believe it has become my life's focus."
The Outstanding Community Impact Award honors up to five undergraduate and one graduate student in Michigan who have made service an integral part of their college experience by their significant contribution to community resources. The recipient's efforts build partnerships between their campuses and communities, and demonstrate personal reflection and a commitment to lifelong engagement. Winners receive $200 to donate to the organization of their choice.
Burack said his donation is going to Break Away, an Atlanta-based non-profit he works with as a program assistant and facilitator. Break Away's mission is to "train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship."
MICC honored all award recipients at an awards brunch on April 13, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
UM-Flint students who have previously been recipients of this award include Heath Toliver (2011) and Ja'Nel Jamerson (2010).
Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of 43 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. MICC promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular, and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service learning, and civic engagement.