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EWU Connecting to Community

Published: May 09, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University's Director of Community Engagement, Molly Ayers, has received the Community Leader Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators and the Cheney School District. Her office has also landed a grant to help continue the university's community engagement partnerships.

Under her leadership, hundreds of EWU students have committed to serving the community in a variety of ways from the Eagle Volunteers Program, Feed Cheney as well as course-based community service projects.

Molly Ayers, center, receives award from Cheney School District

Through the Eagle Volunteers Program alone, more than 70 Eastern students have been placed within district schools as part of a mentoring program. EWU mentors commit up to two hours per week to serve as positive role models to at-risk youth.

Additionally, the Office of Community Engagement was awarded a College Access Corps position, which will further develop Eastern's partnership with Cheney Public Schools by connecting more EWU students as mentors and "College Access Coaches" to promote K-12 student success and college attendance. The coaches will begin serving in late August

The Office of Community Engagement at EWU connects the campus to the wider community through meaningful, reciprocal partnerships in order to enrich student learning, address critical community needs and foster a culture of civic responsibility.


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