Call for Applications: 3rd Annual MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement

The RCAH is excited to announce that it is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 3rd Annual MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement. This prestigious award recognizes students who foster innovative uses of the arts and humanities in community settings. A $2500 prize will be awarded to the student (or group) who has demonstrated initiative, collaboration, and innovative arts and humanities practices in his/her engagement with the community in a manner that aligns with the RCAH civic engagement model and the RCAH’s mission to create a better world. For information on the interests of the RCAH in civic engagement, including information on the RCAH civic engagement model, see the civic engagment page on the RCAH website.

All current RCAH students who have completed a civic engagement project or who are working on one that will be completed by Spring 2015 are eligible for this award. Civic engagement initiatives do not need to be part of the 292B/C sequence (although, those that are part of the sequence will certainly be welcome). Collaborative project applications are also welcome! The initial one-page Letter of Inquiry is due Monday, March 2, 2015 by 5 p.m. The Letter of Inquiry should include a description of the civic engagement initiative that describes why the initiative is innovative and that clearly articulates the student (or group) 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 come up with 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 as well as the RCAH’s model of civic engagement? 
  • Does it support RCAH community partnerships or forge new partnerships consistent with the RCAH’s interest in civic engagement?

Successful Letters of Inquiry will receive college technical assistance in the development of formal applications, which are due Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by 5 p.m. The winner (individual or group) will receive one $2500 prize and will be publicly recognized by MSUFCU and the RCAH during an award ceremony in late April or early May 2015. An information session on the award and application process will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the small conference room, Snyder C230H.

Questions about the award or the application/selection process should be directed to Patricia Rogers, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, C230G Snyder Hall, Letters of Inquiry should be submitted electronically (as a Word or PDF document) to Dawn Janetzke at The subject line should read: Application for the MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement. Please also include your last name at the start of the subject line. Letters of Inquiry are due no later than March 2, 2015 by 5 p.m.

We are grateful to the MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) 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.

We encourage you to consider applying for this prestigious award!