February 14, 2014

Promise Neighborhood receives civic engagement grant

Cleveland State University (CSU) recently announced that it awarded grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to 20 CSU faculty members representing an array of disciplines and to four CSU student organizations. The grants will support collaborations between CSU and external partners that mutually benefit community well-being, student learning and academic scholarship. Among the organizations receiving support is the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is the lead Promise Neighborhood partner.

The winners were honored at a January 29 reception in CSU’s Office of Civic Engagement. The program included remarks by CSU President Ronald M. Berkman and former Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, which made a gift to CSU to make the grants possible. CSU has ramped up efforts for students and faculty “to use the city as a learning laboratory,” Berkman told reception attendees.

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative is the beneficiary of a $5,000 CSU faculty grant. CSUteach, a secondary school mathematics and science teacher licensure program, in partnership with Central Promise Neighborhood, will house a STEM coordinator position that will be responsible for STEM learning throughout the greater Central Promise Neighborhood.

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