2018 Utah Campus Compact Presidential Awards for Community Engagement

Committed Community Partner - Eric Young - Ogden Police Department

Deputy Chief of Police Eric Young, a WSU alum, has connected the Ogden Police Department with the Center for Community Engaged Learning at WSU to research information that will help reduce crime as well as help reduce disproportionate police contacts with ethnic minority populations.  His partnership with Professor Monica Williams’s classes in criminal justice resulted in creating surveys to gather critical data that will enable the police department to shape strategic goals for interacting peacefully with citizens from all backgrounds.  The surveys will also hopefully help the department win competitive federal grants to bring more resources to the city and improve equitable crime-fighting methods.   Eric further serves Ogden with positions on the non-profit boards of Your Community Connection (as president) and the Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership (as treasurer).


Community Engaged Alum- Forrest Crawford 

  • Dr. Forrest Crawford, both alum and professor of teacher education at WSU, is an award-winning community activist and extraordinarily compassionate voice for education, diversity, and dignity.  As a professional, he has published in international, state, and local sources; he was elected for two terms as secretary general to the International Society for Teacher Education; he was appointed as WSU’s first assistant to the president for institutional diversity; he has founded organizations like the Utah State M.L. King, Jr., Human Rights Commission, the Utah chapter of Delta Sigma Theta (for professional African-American women), and the annual WSU Native American Symposium.  He has delivered innumerable keynote addresses, mentored uncountable undergraduate and graduate students, and worked with the Utah State Board of Education plus individual schools to integrate multicultural curriculum into learning objectives.  Forrest is an active board member of Utah’s ACLU, NAACP, Planned Parenthood Association, and the Utah Disability Law Center.


Committed Engaged Faculty Member - Kathleen Cadman - Nursing

  • A registered nurse who teaches research and community health courses and leads the WSU Interdisciplinary Global Health and Development Team, Kathleen Cadman has worked in countries from China to India to Central America.  She commits to teaching social justice and advocacy, community engagement, and sustainable training practices for low-literacy individuals.  A recent achievement was revising a mandatory course taken by nursing students to focus on assessing health disparities faced by potentially vulnerable community populations.  Students select a population and engage with individuals within it; they connect with agencies that could provide services, identify potential gaps in the system, write action plans to advocate for improved health outcomes, and provide awareness education to the whole community.  Students report they have gained compassion, understanding, and desire to advocate for these people professionally and personally.  Kathleen also designed picture-based instructions to train illiterate individuals to construct sustainable, environmental health interventions and projects themselves.


Community Engaged Staff Member - Amanda Nielsen - Academic Support Centers

  • Amanda Nielsen augments her professional duties as a retention specialist in Student Support Services by helping WSU become a stronger community partner locally and nationally.  She both models community service and creates opportunities for all students to engage in similar activities. Focusing on first-generation, low-income students, her other successes include reinvigorating the First Generation Club, forming a mentoring program for these students, and leading alternative spring breaks.  One ASB was to NYC to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy with Habitat for Humanity. The 2018 trip will be to California to work on beach cleanup, fence repair, and other habitat improvements, assisting the Catalina Island Conservancy with fox preservation.  An excellent networker, Amanda collaborates with community partners, WSU professors, and city leaders to create the best service conditions, accommodations, and funding for her students, whom she empowers to drive the projects.  She is a remarkably caring student advocate.


Community Engaged Student Group - Center for Technology Outreach Interns

  • WSU’s Center for Technology Research and Outreach educates young people, especially girls in under-represented groups, to understand and love the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math.  The Center develops fun, creative opportunities for learning in technology fields. Among the programs it has created and hosts are Parent-Daughter Engineering Night, an Hour of Code, SheTech, and The Art and Science of Metalwork.  The latter is a welding camp that enables girls to learn metalwork skills that will help them gain confidence in their abilities to succeed in any tech profession.  The Center helps girls participate in FIRST LEGO League, a robotics competition for over 3,000 fourth through eighth grade students statewide.