LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post named to President's Community Service Honor Roll
Recognized for more than 57,000 hours of community service per year; highlighted efforts include health care for underserved populations, trauma counseling for communities in crisis
Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – Long Island University’s main campuses, LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post, have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013, earning national recognition for thousands of hours of student volunteer work and for initiatives that serve some of the most vulnerable communities.
The Honor Roll, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes schools that demonstrate their students, faculty and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
“Each campus of LIU is a locus of talent and good will, and they all strive to be responsive to their communities,” said Dr. David J. Steinberg, president of LIU. “Community service is an important component in the development of our students as ethically grounded citizens – and it is simply the right thing to do. We are gratified by this recognition of our efforts and I congratulate the students, faculty and staff on having made life better for so many people in so many ways.”
LIU Post was recognized for more than 27,500 hours of community service performed by students between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. LIU Brooklyn students performed more than 30,000 hours of service during the same period.
Specific initiatives recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service include:
- The LIU Post Trauma Response Team, consisting of volunteer Doctoral Psychology graduate students who have provided dozens of off-site counseling responses following large and small disasters including trauma-informed outreach and intervention to vulnerable community members.
- The LIU Brooklyn Harriet Rothkopf Heibrunn B’32 Academic Nursing Center, which provides accessible and affordable, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention services that focus on risk assessment, education, counseling and referral for vulnerable, underserved populations in downtown Brooklyn.
- Nutrition outreach to the community by LIU Post professor Kathy Isoldi and a team of nine graduate students, who shared recipes and cooking techniques with local children (many from economically disadvantaged families) while teaching them to become advocates for healthy choices and measuring the results for an academic study.
- The LIU Brooklyn Health and Wellness Institute, which works with community groups in fostering health-promoting activities and wellness behaviors through programs like Platinum Sneakers (for senior citizens), Healthy Lifestyles workshops, Adapted Aquatics and groups for individuals with Lupus and Parkinson’s disease. All programs are provided free of charge to the community.
- The Long Island Special Education Parent Center, led by professor Kathleen Feeley, which provides parents of children with disabilities with the knowledge and amenities necessary to promote meaningful involvement in their children’s education and assist them in understanding their children’s disabilities.
- LIU Brooklyn’s Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program, in which students and faculty provided asthma education, screening and services to more than 1,000 asthma sufferers across the borough.
To see the complete Honor Roll, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
In its ninth decade of providing access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, LIU is a multi-campus, diverse, doctoral institution of higher learning. One of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country, the University offers more than 575 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 24,000 students in degree-credit and continuing education programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (LIU Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, and Rockland and Westchester (LIU Hudson).
Other academic units include LIU Pharmacy (the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), which prepares students for successful careers in the fields of pharmacy and health care; LIU Global, which provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China, Costa Rica and India, and through programs in Australia, Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey; and LIU Online, which harnesses the latest technology to offer online and blended programs.
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