Ms. Tyana Thornton is a student leader in her second year of Public Health program at Benedict College. She is actively engaged in the campus environment and is currently serving as a Student Ambassador for Admissions and Student Marketing, a member of the Le Diamond Pom Squad, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Inc., the student representative of the Public Health Advisory Board, and the Secretary for the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Club.
In addition to being actively involved, Ms. Thornton has excelled in the classroom as well. Currently, she holds a 3.9 GPA and has been inducted into the Benedict College School of Honors, the National Society of Leadership and Success Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is currently working to bring awareness to issues surrounding health and wellness to ensure students are making informed, healthy choices while in college.+ Read More
Heidi Lee, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has engaged in distinguished service and demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the educational opportunities and quality of life for students in the West Philadelphia community. Heidi's work to improve educational attainment and access to higher education for local high school students is motivated by her own experience as a first-generation college student. In the summer of 2016, she served as a mentor and teaching assistant, preparing college-bound students from West Philadelphia as they navigated the difficult transition from under-resourced high schools to college. She also researched and implemented a schoolyear program called Team ASAP at a local high school, providing support for students in the school's inaugural AP class. In addition to her research and work on educational access, Heidi has made significant contributions to the Penn community as an advocate of student service and engagement, including as a teaching assistant in two Academically Based Community Service courses. Heidi is an outstanding leader who has served as a role model for her peers at Penn, as well as the many high school students she has worked with in the West Philadelphia community. Her passion for service has inspired faculty, program supervisors, college peers, and high school students alike.+ Read More
Madison Bloker, a third year student at Wartburg College has been seeking out leadership and service opportunities since elementary school. As a grade school student, she started the BLT's (Best Little Thinkers), where fellow students brainstormed ways to raise funds to put a swimming pool in their hometown. This was the start of her servant-leadership journey.
Since then, Madison went on to work in High School with Feed My starving Children, serve as student body president, national honor society president and valedictorian of her class. At Wartburg, Madison has found leadership roles in the following - dance marathon, the volunteer action center, serving as a school ambassador and as student director of the college service trips program.
As a Baldwin Fellow on Wartburg Campus, Madison created and published a book to raise money for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. The book has now turned into an inspirational newsletter and blog.+ Read More
Anna Maria Genovesi, a senior at the University of Michigan-Flint, is a student leader active in addressing homelessness, hunger, poverty and complex social and cultural issues in the Flint Community and beyond. Her passion for her community (and others) is also evidenced through her ongoing commitment to service through participation in MLK Day, the University of Michigan-Flint Food Give Away, serving lunch at St. Paul's Church, etc. Additionally, she is very involved with Alternative Breaks and has been for a number of years. She has been very committed to volunteering/civic engagement at the University of Michigan - Flint, in the Flint community and beyond; and her dedication has been inspiring and infectious to others. Also, professionally, she spends time at Hurley Medical Center, works at Genesys Hospital, and this summer she will be working at The Fowler Center working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs. During this time, the work she has done has benefited the University of Michigan-Flint, the City of Flint and beyond, in many ways. Through the efforts of Anna Maria, the cities across the United States and even places internationally are being restored!+ Read More
Emma is currently a junior in Nonprofit & NGO Studies (Spanish minor; Adolescence certificate). She is an exemplary student with great insight into the connections between the campus, the community, and the world. Emma's commitment to the community began her freshman year of high school, when she joined the Genoa-Kingston United Way Youth Board. Today, she sits on the Adult Board, where she continues her work with families, learning hands-on about poverty in the local community and the importance of nonprofits. Along with her work at United Way, Emma is involved on campus as a member of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society and a Student Advisor Council representative. Last year, Emma completed an internship with the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) that joined her campus and community experiences. Working with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), she learned how this nonprofit organization meets the needs of abused and neglected children by giving them a voice in the juvenile court system. She then engaged the community through various events, include CASA's annual fundraiser. Emma is also involved in social activism through her church ministry, giving her a strong understanding of social issues that are shared across the globe.+ Read More
Morgan Wood, a junior at Binghamton University, is a passionate advocate for women's rights. She began her advocacy work in high school through the Girl Up program, which supports United Nations programs promoting the health, safety, education and leadership of girls in developing countries. She established the Upstate NY Coalition of Girl Up, which, under her direction, has grown to include thirty chapters. Through an internship with the U.S. Department of State and Girl Up, Morgan helped plan and run a WiSci STEAM Girls Camp in Thyolo, Malawi, for 98 high school girls from across the African continent, empowering them to be competitive with their male counterparts and providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. Morgan is also passionate about the fight to address climate change, and as a global strategy intern for the Citizens' Climate Lobby, she attended the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, where she introduced a "Youth Charting the Course" panel featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Locally, Morgan works on fostering campus and community coalitions with local government through involvement with organizations such as CARE Action! and the Roosevelt Institute.+ Read More
Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, a second year Ph.D. student studying higher education at the University of Denver, is a civic leader who has engaged in community based participatory research, capacity building for community organizations, and public policy leadership. As a child of Mexican immigrants and first-generation college student, Liliana has experiential expertise about the nexus between college access and civic engagement. When Liliana completes her Ph.D., she will be among just one percent of Latino adults in the U.S. who hold doctoral degrees. For Liliana, a doctorate is an expanded platform to create social change. Liliana is a collaborative leader who draws on her network of policymakers, community, nonprofit and postsecondary leaders to effect change. She has deep familiarity with the state's political and social landscape and uses this knowledge to promote positive civic change. In educating herself about civic engagement scholarship, Liliana was dismayed to discover that much of the research about Latinos paints a deficit-based picture about these communities that fails to capture the civic contributions they make. As a result, Liliana is planning to examine the civic behaviors of Latinos in her dissertation so that she can educate the civic engagement field about the important contributions of these individuals.+ Read More