Community Service Commitment

Community Service Commitment


White House Recognizes Empire College for Community Service
  Fourth Year in a Row

2012-2015 With Distinction

October 2016, Santa Rosa, CA – For the fourth straight year, Empire College was named to President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll "with distinction." The nation's top honor for community service, the honor roll program annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Empire first applied for the recognition in 2012 and was among 18 California colleges, including Stanford University, recognized "with distinction." In 2013, 810 colleges applied and 690 were named to various categories of the honor roll. That year, Empire College was among 19 finalists for the top award.

"We are pleased to be recognized among the California colleges in the 'with distinction' category again this year," stated Roy Hurd, President of Empire College. "It is a tribute to our faculty and staff's commitment to fostering service-learning and volunteerism among our students who provide a variety of free services each year to local residents and nonprofit agencies." 

In addition to free assistance ranging from health screenings to income tax preparation to legal advice, Empire's community outreach program involves raising thousands of dollars and donating facility space each year to local nonprofits.

"While Empire College's size is modest, the level of participation among students, faculty, and staff is tremendous," says Hurd. "For example, 94 percent of our Juris Doctor law students participate in one or more of the law clinics."

Empire’s 2015 application showcased three community partner projects:

  • Law clinics in partnership with Sonoma County Superior Court and the Disability Services and Legal Center
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in partnership with United Way
  • Health initiatives in partnership with the Sonoma County Public Health Department’s Flu Task Force.

More information about the Empire College community service efforts can be found at:

The Press Democrat - Empire College Recognized for Service 1/4/15

North Bay Business Journal - Empire College Wins Third White House Award 12/23/14

Blog Announcement 10/3/16