Calling all Community Service Rock Stars!

Are you or one of your fellow students a Community Service rock star?

Do you know someone who is deeply involved in community service projects and who is graduating this year?

Encourage them to apply for the Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Internship Award!


A great many Sociology undergraduate students believe strongly in the importance of Community Service and we are often very surprised by the high level of commitment to community service our majors exhibit.

The Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award is intended to celebrate that commitment and honor a 2016/2017 graduating Sociology major. The award is intended for a student serving as a volunteer or participating in an internship with a Puget Sound area community service organization working with disadvantaged populations that’s having a positive impact on the local community.

Any graduating Sociology major may submit materials to become a candidate for the award. The 2017 Award amount will be $1,000. Please note that this is a SELF NOMINATED award. 

All candidates are reviewed by the Department’s Undergraduate Program Committee which makes its recommendations to the Chair. The award winner is recognized during the Department’s Graduation Celebration in Meany Hall on Wednesday evening June 7th, 2017.

To learn more about the award and the self-nomination process and application, please read the full instructions here: 2017 Al Black Community Service Award Information

If you have question regarding the award or your self-nomination, we’d love to talk more with you about it! Please schedule an advising appointment by emailing, and mention you’re meeting to discuss the award.

— Award Background–

5.0.2Albert W. Black, Jr. (B.S., University of Michigan, 1963; M.A., Wayne State University, 1968; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1976) is an Emeritus Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. His areas of interest are the sociology of religion and race relations. Dr. Black is a past president of the National Association of Black Sociologists and the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington. He has been an instructor in the Bridge Program, which aids in transitioning freshman student athletes into university academic culture.

Al Black is a highly respected leader and role model in the local community. His legendary commitment to community service, in particular his work with gang members, gained him the Central Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award in 1996. As a founding member and Chair of the Franklin Fathers Group, he has led interventions into local schools with other mostly African American men, and challenged the at-risk students with a message of zero tolerance for the disruption of the learning process. He has been invited into numerous school and civic environments as mentor, educator, leader and parent.

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