Alexis Harris, a second year student at Rose State College, is a student leader who is passionate about supporting minority youth in her community. She has worked tirelessly on our campus and in our area to contribute to issues directly related to poverty and empowerment of others. Alexis has a heart for service and makes meaningful connections and contributions to every community of which she is a part. She is a strong leader whose actions inspire others to lead purpose driven lives.+ Read More
Sabine Brown, a first-year MPA student at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, is a paradigmatic example of what we strive for on this campus - graduate learning with a focus on community engagement. After one semester, Sabine was selected to serve as Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, a non-partisan, Tulsa-based research and policy think tank that promotes equal opportunity for all Oklahomans. In addition, her previous work in health care dovetails with her work as state chapter leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, inspired in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.+ Read More
Noah Greenfield's sincere interest in pursuing a career in public service drives him to take action. As a Leader for Equity, Action and Democracy, Augsburg's Bonner Leaders Program, Noah worked for Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha managing communications for events in support of low wage workers in Minneapolis. His work with the Humanist Center focuses on surveying religiously unaffiliated Millennials to learn more about where they find community, what their values are, and how they're civically engaged. Noah is also a member of the Sabo Scholars cohort, ten students who work together in a year-long seminar in which they study public policy and politics and explore careers in public service. At Augsburg University, Noah served on the undergraduate student government as a senator, and he is the student representative on University's Diversity, Inclusion, Equity Committee. Balancing his involvement in campus governance, his engagement in the broader community, and his academic work is something that Noah does ably and with good humor. Noah eagerly goes after opportunities to develop his public skills in order to fulfill his goal of one day represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate.+ Read More
Fiona Zahm, a second year student at Elon University, is deeply committed to addressing educational, social, and economic disparities. She is a Community Leader with first-year students residing in the Service Learning Living and Learning Community. Fiona provides mentorship and support to twenty first-year students and she organizes ongoing service projects in the local community to introduce these students to social justice topics through direct volunteer experiences. Fiona and her team members have helped first-year students prepare for a deeper volunteer experience by understanding the mission and broader context of the work of community partners. Grounded in the best practices of service-learning, Fiona and her team members help students understand the root causes of poverty and critically reflect on their experiences. Through her leadership role and her academic work, she has focused on educational disparities and reform. However, her work with the Boys and Girls Club, the Burlington Housing Authority, and Allied Churches, has deepened her understanding of the structural and systemic nature of poverty. Fiona is committed to cultivating the next generation of Elon student leaders and she will bring back what she learns to share with her peers.+ Read More
Sam DeCarlo, a third year student at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), is a student leader active in addressing issues of youth engagement and mentorship. For two years she has been coordinator of Mentoring for Tomorrow, an MCLA community service program providing local at-risk youth with college mentors in the classroom. The mentors help youth to engage in a healthy manner with their peers, provide academic support, and serve as real-time reminders that college and/or further education is within their reach.
During academic breaks, Sam works as a Personal Care Aid for Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR). Before coming to MCLA, she worked as a camp counselor throughout High School as well as a counselor at her local Boys and Girls club. Sam also volunteers through sports clinics, community days of service, and other volunteerism events on campus. This experience, along with the above mentioned involvement, provide invaluable experience for her future as she hopes to form her own non-profit to work with inner-city at-risk youth. Sam hopes that her work with youth will help to provide healthy alternatives for them to get involved and engaged within their community.+ Read More
Alejandra Gonzalez is a student at Alverno College majoring in Community Leadership and development, with a minor in Global Studies. As a DACA recipient, she has used her education to advocate for immigrant rights in Milwaukee. She is a member of Voces De la Frontera, a local immigrant rights organization, and founded the Youth Empowered in the Struggle (Y.E.S.) chapter at Alverno. She has met with elected officials to emphasize the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, and she travels throughout Wisconsin to share her personal immigration story. She plans to continue her advocacy for immigrants and refugees by lobbying for health care accessibility and affordability. Ms. Gonzalez is also a professional actress and recognizes the importance of Latinx representations in the arts by focusing on offering diversity to the stories told on stage. She produces and performs in shows that represent Milwaukee's diverse community and organizes events to fund her projects.+ Read More
Cristen has been engaged on campus since her first semester, serving as a member of the Student Veterans Club and the Cultural Engagement and International Service Club. Last year, Cristen traveled with seven other students to Costa Rica for one week of service and cultural immersion, which included planting at a biodynamic farm, painting a home for a low-income family, a beach clean-up, and volunteering with local schoolchildren. This academic year, Cristen is Treasurer of the Cultural Engagement and International Service Club, as well as Co-Student Coordinator for this years' service trip to Peru. Prior to enrolling at Mount Wachusett Community College, Cristen served for eight years in the United States Army as a military police officer and investigator in Hawaii and Alaska. During her service, Cristen consistently sought out extensive trainings to promote the safety of her peers and local community members, inclusive of suicide prevention, as well as child abuse and domestic violence prevention and intervention. Cristen was released from duty with over twenty citations from domestic and international organizations for outstanding service. She is a credit to our college and to our country.+ Read More