HAWKINS– Paul Quinn College was named as a finalist on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Paul Quinn is the only Dallas-Fort Worth four-year institution and one of two historically Black colleges to earn a place among the top colleges and universities. ”Being recognized by President Obama and his administration for our work in combating the food desert conditions of our community is both humbling and surreal,” said Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College. “This award is further proof that Paul Quinn College matters nationally and that we have established ourselves as a significant voice on the issue of food access. However, we know that there is still much work to do. We have no intentions of resting until we have secured a quality grocery store for this neighborhood.”
The nationally acclaimed WE Over Me Farm was the focus of the College’s proposal. Serving as Paul Quinn’s signature servant leadership initiative, the farm addresses the food desert that exists in the Highland Hills area of South Dallas. Fresh organic produce from the WE Over Me Farm is sold to residents of the area as well as Dallas-area chefs. The produce is also used in the College’s dining hall and ten per cent is donated to the community via the North Texas Food Bank. The annual fundraiser for the farm, A Community Cooks, will be held on Thursday, April 11th, 6-8 p.m. on Paul Quinn’s campus. More information about the WE Over Me Farm is available at www.weovermefarm.com.
“Congratulations to Paul Quinn College, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”
More information about the Paul Quinn College community service efforts can be found at www.PQC.edu. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees, can be found at www.nationalservice.gov.