Call for Applications: MSUFCU RCAH Dean's Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement

The RCAH is excited to announce a new student award sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). The MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement will recognize students who foster innovation using the arts and humanities in community settings. A $2500 prize will be shared by the student(s) who have 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. For information on the interests the RCAH has in civic engagement, including information on the RCAH civic engagement model, see the civic engagement page.

All current RCAH students who have completed or are working on a civic engagement project that will be completed in Spring 2013 are eligible for this award. Civic engagement initiatives do not have to be part of the 292B/C sequence and collaborative project applications are welcome! Submissions should include a 500-word description of the civic engagement initiative that describes why it is innovative and clearly articulates the student(s) role in the initiative. Documentation of the project (e.g., curriculum plans, photographs, short films, published oral histories) should accompany the written application. Please include all student names, contact phone numbers, and email addresses. Submissions 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 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?
  • Is the innovation well documented?

Awardees will share a $2500 prize and be publicly recognized by MSUFCU and the RCAH during an award ceremony in April or May 2013.

An information session on the award and application process will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the RCAH Dean’s Wing Conference Room, Snyder C210.

Questions about the award or the application/selection process should be directed to Vincent Delgado, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, C210B Snyder Hall ( Applications should be submitted electronically (as a Word or PDF document) to Dawn Janetzke at Please indicate that you are submitting an application for the MSUFCU RCAH Dean’s Choice Award for Innovations in Civic Engagement. Submissions are due March 31, 2013.

We are grateful to 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!