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Arrazattee Receives Outstanding Practitioner Award at Gulf-South Summit

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Christy Arrazattee

Christy Arrazattee, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Center for Community Engagement, was honored at the 2018 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning with its Outstanding Practitioner of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement award.

The award is given to a practitioner (faculty member, staff member, or administrator with responsibility for administration and/or coordination of service-learning activities) who has demonstrated excellence in creating, providing and sustaining opportunities for engaging college/university students in service-learning and civic engagement. Award recipients receive a plaque and monetary award of $1,000.

Arrazattee joined the Southern Miss staff in October 2014 after working six years in the Louisiana State University Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership.

“I feel very humbled to be recognized among this group of pioneering, high-impact practitioners of civic engagement,” Arrazattee said. “I’m very fortunate to love what I do.”  

The Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning began in 2003 on the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach as a regional conference for higher education professionals involved in service-learning and community engagement. Now in its 15th year, the Summit has grown from a regional conference to one attracting international participants annually. It is held at a different host university each year, organized and planned by members of a multi-institution executive committee.

The Southern Miss Center for Community Engagement’s mission is to coordinate meaningful and mutually beneficial community engagement experiences to address university and community needs, effect positive social change, and cultivate active citizen leaders. Each year, the office documents approximately 100,000 hours of community service by Southern Miss students, with almost half of those hours performed by individuals at one location throughout the year. USM's overall service hours have an economic value of more than $2 million. 

For more information about the USM Center for Community Engagement, visit