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Community engagement (CE) is an integral part of the work of the University across all levels. Indeed, a commitment to community collaboration and mutually beneficial partnerships is enshrined in the University's mission statement in the University’s Strategic Plan.
Jason Bell, Eric Durnell, and Airto Morales of Project Rebound
This award honors staff who have performed community service above and beyond the normal expectations of their job and that has enhanced the reputation of the University as one that is actively engaged with the region and the communities it serves. Jason Bell, Airto Morales, Eric Durnell, and Joseph Miles of Project Rebound share this award. Collectively, these staff members far exceed their work in Project Rebound, an ASI organization that helps formerly incarcerated students gain entry into, succeed, and graduate from SF State. Jason Bell is a lecturer in Sociology, and Airto Morales is a lecturer in Counseling. Dedicating 544 hours of service annually outside of their normal workweek, they visit, teach at, and counsel at-risk and incarcerated youth, men, and women in San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center, SF’s County Jail, and in Bayview Hunter’s Point to promote education as a cost-effective strategy for reducing recidivism and keeping people from re-entering California’s over-crowded prison system. Many former prisoners struggle to recover from addictions, poverty, abuse and trauma with the hope of transforming their lives and the well-being of their families and community through higher education. Rebound proves that it can and is being done. Thus, in 2011, Rebound was asked to share their model with Rutgers University. This past year, the Academic Senate passed a Resolution in Support of Project Rebound, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office and State Senator Loni Hancock have expressed interest in it as a replicable statewide model.