The 2020 Outstanding Service Project of the Year award winner is the Seminar Service Project from the University of Minnesota–Duluth. This project aligns with the campus’ strategic goals to strengthen ties with local communities through an intentional, visible, and mutually beneficial partnership. Over 1,200 students, 50 teaching assistants, and 40 instructors participated in a single-day service immersion project at over 30 different sites during Welcome Week.
These volunteer opportunities were intentionally coordinated through the first-year seminar classes and included the teaching assistants and instructors to help with social and academic integration. Three distinct learning outcomes of appreciating local diversity, working collaboratively with peers to address community needs, and recognizing one's own values were achieved.