The Office of Student Conduct & Community Engagement (SCCE) helps coordinate community and volunteer projects to assist the Laredo area and South Texas region. The purpose is to promote community engagement as a fundamental part of learning and to cultivate a University commitment to help those in need.
SCCE also encourages TAMIU students to participate in volunteer efforts to acquire leadership skills, critical-thinking skills and social responsibility that will facilitate and promote their academic and professional success.
- Improve lives - make a difference by helping those in need
- Give back to your community
- Connect to others - network, make new friends and strengthen existing relationships
- Learn to build skills and gain experience that will enhance your resume, while understanding your community needs
- Explore and boost career options - find out about your passions
- Fulfill service-learning requirements for class or service hour requirements for scholarship programs
- Have fun!
Community Service for Students and Organizations
Every Dustdevil is strongly encouraged to donate their time and talent to deserving organizations across the South Texas region and beyond. The SCCE maintains an ongoing effort to serve by encouraging all students to be part of the community engagement experience.
Since 2009, students have volunteered over 89,922 hours of their time to serve local, nationwide, and global initiatives. This record-breaking number was made possible by the leadership, initiative, commitment and dedication that TAMIU students demonstrate to the community.
To maintain recognition as an official student organization at TAMIU, student organizations are required to complete one hundred (100) hours of community service each year. To learn more, please visit The Leader.
Finding Volunteer Opportunities and Getting Started
Volunteer opportunities are as diverse and abundant as the people in our community. To choose a volunteer position which is right for you, find something that fits your interests; work with an organization that supports your beliefs and sparks your passions. Also, you can choose to serve for a cause related to the mission of your student organization.
Keep informed! We’ll make sure to e-mail you information on upcoming volunteer opportunities which interest you if you fill out this quick Service Interest Form.
Report as of April 2015
Reporting Service Hours
TAMIU encourages all students to maintain current records of their participation in volunteer service by reporting all service hours to SCCE via Collegiate Link (http://tamiu.collegiatelink.net). Whether your participation is an independent effort, student organization involvement or a scholarship program requirement, we can assist you in tracking all volunteer service you complete as a college student.
Report your hours:
TAMIU and the Office of Student Conduct & Community Engagement recognize efforts of community engagement in various ways.
University Life Awards
During the Spring semester, TAMIU recognizes the student organization with the most community service hours during the school year at the University Life Awards and awards a commemorative plaque that showcases their accomplishment.
Outstanding Service Leader
Every month from August through May, SCCE recognizes one student that has displayed ongoing efforts to help our local community and have gone above and beyond to promote service as an integral part of cultivating a commitment to help those in need. The Outstanding Service Leader is nominated by TAMIU faculty, staff and fellow students. To submit a nomination for Outstanding Service Leader, click here.
Community Engagement Partner
Aligning with Outstanding Service Leader, SCCE recognizes an external agency/organization between the months of August through May for their outstanding partnerships with students and student organizations at TAMIU. Nominations for Community Engagement Partner may be received by TAMIU faculty, staff and students. To submit a nomination for Community Engagement Partner, click here.
Presidential Volunteer Service Award
TAMIU is recognized certifying organization for the Corporation for National and Community Service, and may award it’s students, faculty, staff and general community one of the highest volunteer honors – presidential recognition. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved a specific number of hours.
- Recipients must be United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States
- Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.
- Awards are issued for volunteer service only. Additional levels of participation with the organization, i.e. charitable support, are not a factor considered for the award.
- Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.
- Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.
- Service must be with an organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the territories.
- Young Adults (Ages 15-25): 100 to 174 service hours
- Adults (26+): 100 to 249 hours
- Young Adults (Ages 15-25): 175 to 249 hours
- Adults (26+): 250 to 499 hours
- Young Adults (Ages 15-25): 250 hours or more
- Adults (26+): 500 hours or more
- All Ages: 4,000 hours or more
In April of every Spring semester, SCCE will confirm the eligibility of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for all students which have served and reported hours through SCCE via Collegiate Link. Students meeting this requirement will be contacted by the SCCE via their TAMIU Dusty e-mail accounts to inform of award eligibility and details. The default 12-month period of eligibility is from April 1st of the prior year to March 31st of the current school year. For students which graduate in a term other than Spring, the 12-month period of eligibility may be adjusted to November 1st of the prior year to October 31st of the current school year.
If you are graduating in a term other than Spring and meet the qualifications for the award, please submit an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and TAMIU Dusty e-mail address for eligibility verification.
TAMIU currently hosts two large-scale service events each academic year to assist and support our local community.
Our students are excited ready to partner with an organization to identify and address issues of public concern and promote social responsibility.
Make a Difference Day
- The largest community service day nationwide.
- Occurs every Fall semester on the last Saturday of October.
- Over 220 TAMIU students volunteered during Make a Difference Day 2014.
- Make a Difference Day 2015: Saturday, October 24!
The Big Event
- A service day tradition started by Texas A&M University in 1982 now celebrated by universities nationwide.
- Occurs every Spring semester during March.
- Over 236 TAMIU students volunteered during The Big Event 2015.
The Big Event 2016: Saturday, April 2!
Objectives and Learning Outcomes
- To prepare students to engage in meaningful service;
- To inform students about service opportunities as it applies to their specific interest or career goal;
- To monitor students' commitment to service and report results to Univeristy community.
Student co-curricular learning outcomes
- Appreciate people from diverse background;
- Exhibit a commitment to social and civic responsibility;
- Demonstrate a commitment to be an involved citizen in his/her community.
Community impact outcomes
- Help the community partner's meet the agency's mission;
- Promote the exchange of resources between the University and community agency;
- Situate the University as a positive and just citizen in the community.
Related Institutional Goals/Principles