Saint Louis University Wins Two Arcus Awards
Saint Louis University was honored for its efforts to promote educational attainment
and innovation during the fourth annual Arcus Awards on Feb. 23. More than 850 executives,
entrepreneurs and civic leaders attended the program, which was hosted by the St.
Louis Regional Chamber.
SLU won the Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment for its Prison Program
and, which graduated its first class of students with associate’s degrees in 2015,
and for the SLU Re-entry Program. SLU’s Prison Program provides access to higher education
to incarcerated people and prison staff in Missouri and Illinois. Classes are taught
by SLU faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students, and the program is
modeled after the core curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences.
SLU’s School of Law was also awarded the BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award, which
it shared with the ArchCity Defenders. Following the death of Michael Brown, the two
entities worked to expose injustices and a lack of transparency in the region’s municipal
court system by filing lawsuits, negotiating settlements and monitoring structural
Both programs were selected out of hundreds of nominations by a panel of business
scholars and executives. Winners were selected based on how well their accomplishments
reflected the Chamber’s plan for regional prosperity.
"Being chosen as an Arcus Award winner is civic confirmation of the amazing, important
work that our faculty undertake, as well as what the University provides the community,"
said Peg Weathers, assistant vice president for Community Relations. "The two programs
recognized directly reflect the mission of the University in thought and action."
The Arcus Awards recognize companies and organizations that make the St. Louis region
the best place to live, work and invest. They are presented to companies, organizations
and institutions that demonstrate exceptional commitment to leading the St. Louis
region’s authentic economic strengths and championing a better tomorrow for the region.
Learn more about the SLU Prison Program and the School of Law online.