The Certificate of Recognition for Community Engagement is a distinction that only SUNY Buffalo State undergraduate and graduate students can receive. This honor is given to students who have had extended engagement with the community, whether as part of a service-learning course or as a volunteer. The Certificate of Recognition for Community Engagement will serve to represent student commitment to social responsibility and community participation, all while meeting the demands of course load and work obligations.
There are three levels of recognition that students can apply for:
Community Supporter- At least 200 hours of service
Neighborhood Advocate- At least 400 hours of service
Active Citizen- At least 1,000 hours of service
Reasons to consider applying for the Certificate of Recognition for Community Engagement:
Receive a formal recognition from Buffalo State College for your dedication to the community at the VSLC's Celebration of Service.
Recieve a graduation cord to wear during your graduation ceremony that recognizes you as a Certificate recipient.
Document your achievement on your resume and graduate school applications.
Use this application as a way to document all of your service hours as a college student and print it as a record.
Any SUNY Buffalo State student who has engaged in at least 200 hours of community engagement as a college student can apply. Transfer students are permitted to use service completed at a former college or university. The total number of service hours can be as a result of service-learning courses, volunteering with a group or as an individual, participating in Community Service Day or Alternative Break, and a combination of dates and events.
Student teaching, classroom observation, paid experiences, and program-required internships do not count towards the Certificate of Recognition for Community Engagement.
Upon submission of the application, the VSLC will verify service hours with the listed supervisor. All applicants will be notified by the VSLC and those who receive this distinction will be awarded at the Celebration of Service.
Active Citizen–1,000 or more hours of service
Anthony Adamo, Sandra Bodami, Marshall Cancilla, Amanda Heftka, Gloria Sanchez-Pagan
Neighborhood Advocate– 400 or more hours of service
Michael Brunetto, Danielle Gorney, Stephanie Morlock, Scott Thompson, Sasa Vann, Katie Vitale
Community Supporter– 200 or more hours of service
Joanne Deneus, Claire Deschamps, Tracey Fox, Purushottam Ghimire, Joseph Grande, Chelsie Russo, Dallas Taylor, Ashley Termini, Aye Min Thant