Student Service Opportunities

Willam M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

IUPUI recognizes graduating students who have shown exemplary commitment to their communities.

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The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion was established in 2006 to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

Overview

In alignment with IUPUI’s mission, the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion has been established to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student. The medallion is named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006, Dr. William Plater, a strong advocate of civic engagement during his career.

Students who are awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion will have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities, while making a significant investment to at least one community experience over time.

Application Requirements and Materials

2014 applications have closed. 2014-2015 applications will open by the end of Fall 2014. 

Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate, masters or doctorate students who will receive their respective degrees by August 2014. Students completing their degree requirements in December of 2013 are also eligible to apply.  Preview the Plater Medallion application. 

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is defined as active collaboration that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life in communities in a manner consistent with the campus mission. Examples of civic engagement experiences could include volunteer service at a non-profit agency, participation in a service learning course, contribution of voluntary work on a political campaign, advocacy on specific social issues, involvement with a faculty member on a community-based research project, or employment in a community work-study position.

Award recipients

See our list of past award recipients.