Call for Applications: 2nd Annual MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement

The RCAH is now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2nd Annual MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement. This prestigious award recognizes students who foster innovation using the arts and humanities in community settings. A $2500 prize will be shared by the student(s) who has engaged with communities using initiative, collaboration, and innovative arts and humanities practices in alignment with the RCAH civic engagement model and the RCAH’s mission to create a better world. Save the date for these upcoming award dates:

  • Information session about application process: January 8 & 15, 2014
  • One-page letter of inquiry due: January 17, 2014

The RCAH is grateful to Michigan State University Federal Credit Union for promoting the RCAH’s emphasis on the arts and humanities, civic engagement, diversity, and social justice; encouraging student initiative and innovation; fostering the creative application of student learning; and supporting community partnerships.

Additional information about the RCAH's civic engagement model is available here. To read more about Emily Nott, last year's Dean's Choice Award winner, see the story and video detailing her work with REACH Studio Art Center.

Award application details:

All current RCAH students who have completed or are working on a civic engagement project that will be completed or well-established by Spring 2014 are eligible for this award. Civic engagement initiatives do not have to be part of the 292B/C sequence (though, those that are part of sequence will certainly be welcome) and collaborative project applications are welcome.

An information session about the award and application process will be held on Wednesday, January 8 and January 15, 2014 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the RCAH Dean’s Wing Conference Room, Snyder C210.

The initial one-page letter of inquiry is due Friday, January 17, 2014. It should include a description of the civic engagement initiative that describes why it is innovative and clearly articulates the student(s) role in the initiative. Please include all student names, contact phone numbers, and email addresses. Initial letters of inquiry will be reviewed by a committee of RCAH faculty using the following criteria:

  • Is the student initiative innovative – does it present a creative solution to a complex problem or successfully apply an existing idea in a new social context?
  • Does it address a problem related to diversity, social justice, inequity, power and privilege, or opportunity?
  • Does it reflect RCAH and MSU values of inclusivity, engagement and collaboration?
  • Does it utilize learning in the arts and humanities and the RCAH’s model of civic engagement?
  • Does it support RCAH community partnerships or forge new projects consistent with the RCAH’s interest in civic engagement?

Five letters of inquiry will be selected to receive college technical assistance in the development of formal applications, due March 31, 2014. The winner (or group of collaborative winners) will share a $2500 prize and be publicly recognized by MSUFCU and the RCAH during an award ceremony in May 2014.

Questions about the award or the application/selection process should be directed to Vincent Delgado, C210B Snyder Hall. Letters of Inquiry should be submitted electronically (as a Word or PDF document) to Dawn Janetzke. Please indicate that you are submitting an application for the MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement.

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