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A2 faculty member nets service-learning award

The Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) recently honored Assistant Professor of American Culture and of Romance Languages and Literatures Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes with a MCC Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award—the highest MCC bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan.
(Photo courtesy Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes)

His peers designated La Fountain-Stokes as the faculty/staff person on campus who has made the most outstanding contributions in community service-learning. The award recognizes the influence on or engagement of students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, instruction and/or special projects.

As a professor of Latino studies and Spanish, La Fountain-Stokes fosters student engagement with Latino communities in Michigan to facilitate their deepening awareness of issues of language, bilingualism, migration and pedagogy. He coordinates community-based learning amongst a number of faculty members, involving their students with local Spanish-speaking school children, migrant workers and their families, and with the southwest Detroit Latino population.

La Fountain-Stokes, who was nominated for the honor by Jeffrey Howard, associate director of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, received his award Feb. 16 at the Northbank Center on the U-M-Flint campus as part of the 10th annual Institute on Service-Learning "The Places We Live: Student Engagement in Diverse Communities."

MCC is a state-level, non-profit organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

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