Luna Shen, a junior at Middlebury College is a student leader active in addressing issues of poverty and housing access. During her time as a student she has been involved in the Privilege & Poverty academic cluster including coursework and an internship with a local non-profit, Charter House Coalition. Luna is interested in food studies and in the future hopes to address issues surrounding food sovereignty and food justice.+ Read More
Nia Alvarez-Mapp, a junior at Cabrini University, approaches civic engagement with dialogue, goal setting, and mutual respect as the base. Over the past year, she has become one our premiere students when it comes to faith-based organizing. She runs a local chapter of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), and has grown student involvement from just a handful to two dozen regulars. She does this because she cares about the health and safety of community organizers. Her constant mantra is that we must be committed "mind, body, and soul."
Listing her community engagement efforts may seem trite: she registers voters, lobbies for funding for arts education, tutors high school students, and leads a Girl Scout unit. More importantly, I'd like to use her words to explain why she is an amazing citizen and the ideal candidate for this position: "civic duty means that the powers belongs to the people, and no one else."+ Read More
Sarah Sisson, a third-year athletic training major at West Virginia Wesleyan College, is passionate about animals. As an issue team leader for the WE LEAD Animal Welfare and Sustainability team at the college, Sarah has organized several events to help animals locally and beyond. She has coordinated multiple adoption events on campus, leading to over 30 animal adoptions over the past three years. She has organized a 5K-9 race and collections to benefit local shelters and rescues. She has also advocated for animals as part of Humane Lobby Day at the state legislature. Recently, she has been exploring the intersections of animal welfare issues with environmental issues, screening films on campus, and leading thoughtful discussions around issues of consumer behavior and climate change. She also worked with a committee through the City of Buckhannon to secure a grant to build a dog park. Sarah is a passionate educator on issues of animal welfare, sustainability, and conservation, being a true champion for the voiceless in our society.+ Read More
Wislene Augustine, a third year student at Gordon College, is a student leader on campus and active in addressing issues of racial reconciliation both on our campus and in her home community. She has brought her leadership to multiple areas of our campus including Student Government, Orientation, Clarendon Scholars, and the Gospel Choir. She brings her passion for justice into each of these areas; she has demonstrated her passion both in and out of the classroom. She has organized on campus events to help facilitate critical conversations among students; completed research on the intersectionality of Psychology, Christian ministry, and racial reconciliation. Her education is preparing as she intends to serve as an advocate of incarcerated young people and their families.+ Read More
Ms. Jessica Alejandre is a third-year student at Fresno State and has been very active in her local community. Through her service commitments, she has worked with local community benefit organizations such as Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity: ReStore, Shinzen Japanese Friendship Garden, Salvation Army, and The Discovery Center. Her work has addressed issues such as the importance of civic engagement and community service for college students and inspiring them to be agents of change in their community. For the past two years, Ms. Jessica Alejandre has provided hundreds of hours of service through Fresno State's Richter Center Student Leadership program. In her leadership capacity, Ms. Jessica Alejandre has planned, implemented, and led campus sponsored one-day service events (built around national and local days of service). These events provide her peers, staff, faculty, and alumni of the university the opportunity to engage with their community through service.+ Read More
Sam Krehel, a student in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, is highly active in student life, co-leading the LGBTQ student group, and participating in the Racial Equity Project. Sam worked with faculty and Seattle community members to build a certificate program for professionals to become more knowledgeable in working with the LGBTQ community. Sam is a veteran and co-led the veteran student group that created a space for student veteran awareness and social involvement on campus. Currently, Sam serves as an intern with a community-based nonprofit focusing on skill building and strengths development with the low-income youth of color.+ Read More
Quinn McCormick, a sophomore at Rogers State University, has exhibited tremendous social engagement and involvement. As a freshman she was Senator for the Communications department in student government. As Senator, she worked to bridge the gap between her peers and faculty. She initiated legislation to provide more computers for convenient and free access to students on campus. She was awarded Senator of the Year. She is currently the Executive Assistant of student government fulfilling secretarial and treasurer duties. Quinn is also an outstanding member of the President's Leadership Class. She was named Freshman of the Year in PLC, in recognition of her diligence and commitment to her community service efforts and continual campus involvement. She is also a member of the Honors Program. Through Honors, she has shown dedication to her studies. Through both programs, she has had the chance to be involved in multiples volunteer projects. She is most passionate about serving the homeless community in the Tulsa area through Night Light. Recently, she helped organize efforts that raised more than $1,000 dollars to fund a meal and provide essential resources to the homeless and low-income families that attend Night Light. This project took immense dedication, passion, and time.+ Read More