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MacCormac President invited to the White House
CHICAGO, IL--- MacCormac President Dr. Marnelle Alexis Stephens was invited to the White House to attend the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Alongside university leaders and international dignitaries, attendees shared ideas and discussed the importance of interfaith cooperation and community service on college campuses nationwide.
Speaking at the event, the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education, quoted a college president, stating: “Community service and religious activities has helped our institution with recruitment and retention, and has had ripple effects and unexpected benefits of carrying out these initiatives. We have a different type of student; a more quality student.”
Tom Banchoff, a distinguished professor and director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, noted: “We have to build stronger bridges between community service, faith, and academics. There is a complementarity of what we do as an institution of higher education and our work in the community”.
“MacCormac College is honored to be part of such a powerful movement and to contribute to the common good,” president Alexis commented. “It falls in line with our vision to create a socially aware student body active in the community and our mission to build responsible citizens in a global society.”
The President’s Challenge is an initiative of the White House with support from the Department of Education, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service.