Maria Taylor, a second year student at Chatham University, is passionately invested in finding solutions to social problems faced by her community. Maria's adolescence was characterized by a series of eleven different households that created challenges atypical of most high school students. She has embraced her experiences and challenges and today is a resilient student leader dedicated to enhancing the lives of students at Chatham University and the City of Pittsburgh. Maria is an outstanding student and enjoys learning in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Apart from dedicating her time in pursuit of academic excellence, Maria dedicates her time to tackling social issues in her community to contribute to the betterment of their lives. Maria has made significant differences in the lives of Chatham's students and the surrounding community members. Maria's current service work is in the areas of support programs and resources for students faced with financial challenges, sexual assault prevention policies and programs and support for marginalized students.+ Read More
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, and graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, Michael E. Wynder is currently a junior at Morgan State University majoring in Marketing. Michael is excelling as a first generation college student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.57. In addition to his academic success, Michael is an active member of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development. Michael is also a Manager in Training Intern at Enterprise Rent A Car Company of Baltimore. Michael is dedicated to service to others and works with professional staff in the Counseling Center helping other students adjust to the rigors and demands of university life. Michael is a self-starter who is able to take on multiple projects with a combination of creativity and diligence. Michael is detailed oriented, especially in the area of his academic studies and he is highly organized.+ Read More
Karla Casique is a third year student at the University of Maryland in College Park. She is a leader in the Indigenous community, taking the role as the Native American Community Organizing Student Intern at the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office and the president of the American Indian Student Union. She is also involved in the Latinx community, a member of the Coalition of Latinx Student Organizations. Through her leadership and efforts in social justice advocacy, "Christopher Columbus Day" was abolished in the University of Maryland, replaced with "Indigenous Peoples Day". Her work in journalism has highlighted the struggles faced my marginalized groups, especially undocumented immigrants. She hopes to continue to use her talents and skills to bring awareness to issues and create real change.+ Read More
Jana Murphy has been engaged at Mount Wachusett Community College since her first semester serving as an S.O.S. (Students Serving Our Students) Peer Mentor, member of the Parents Support Club, a 2015-2016 Student Leader in Civic Engagement and soon to be two time participant in the MWCC International Service Trip to Costa Rica. In addition, Jana is now serving a term of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA* dedicated to increasing student volunteerism in relation to hunger through a partnership with the Gardner Community Action Committee. In this capacity, she coordinated the United Way Day of Caring where over 44,000 meals were packaged by MWCC student, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers, beating all previous records. These meals were distributed to area food banks and our own students in need. But for Jana, this was not enough. She is currently working on a proposal to create a food bank at MWCC to provide hunger alleviation in an effort to allow students to then address the root causes of their hunger and become more food secure. Working in collaborating with community partners, she is exploring the social justice issues behind food insecurity and working hard to eliminate that barrier to educational success.+ Read More
The son of two veterans, Bo Cain learned early on what a life of selfless service looks like. An Eagle Scout, Bo came to the Citadel ready to engage and has been an outstanding leader in Service Learning and Civic Engagement. The primary focus of his 300+ hours of service has been helping high-risk youth rise above their health and/or socioeconomic circumstances to achieve their maximum potential. He has mobilized the 80-100 students in his cadet company to support the work of the Metanoia community, particularly the student summer and after-school programs. His deep respect and compassion for others have made him effective at engaging a diverse array of children, youth, college students, and community partners. His passion for equity in education and economic opportunity is visible and infectious. He is excited to learn from peers and mentors throughout the Newman Civic Fellow Program network.+ Read More
Taylor Dumpson, Class of 2018, is a dynamic student leader at American University who brings diverse groups of students, faculty, administrators, and staff together around issues of social justice. As the president of the Intercultural Greek Collective and vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Lambda Zeta Chapter, she has taken the lead in service projects throughout the region, building a network of Greek-lettered individuals from UDC, Howard, George Washington, Catholic, Trinity, and Georgetown. At AU, Taylor planned and executed over 10 programs to foster community dialog and address issues such as cultural competency, privilege, diversity, women's issues, and academic achievement. Taylor led the Alternative Break trip to Baltimore in January 2016, entitled "Structural Racism & Oppression: Community Resistance in Baltimore." As Vice-President of the Student Advocates for Native Communities club, she has worked to raise consciousness across campus on the environmental violence perpetrated toward the Sioux community in Standing Rock.
Taylor is an advocate for change who practices what she preaches. Her strength is the uncanny ability to build dialogue and coalitions across different sectors and organizations. Through fresh ideas and strong facilitation and leadership skills, she generates tangible change.+ Read More
Hadley Sternberg has had a desire to engage in community from early in her life. Her commitment to community-based work with a social justice lens began after her Bat Mitzvah, when she was encouraged by her faith community to think about meaningful ways to contribute to her home city of Portland, Oregon and beyond. Hadley felt a strong desire to be "part of the world," and so spent a gap year with AmeriCorps, providing emergency assistance to communities. She has remarked on how this work challenged her growing sense of social justice, and gifted her with the ability to listen to multiple perspectives from community members themselves. After working so effectively in a team setting, she was drawn to leadership roles as she entered Goucher College. Although only in her second year at Goucher, Hadley has impressed her teachers and peers with her open, voracious desire to learn and grow. She is a member of the highly selective Students Leaders for Civic Action program, working one-on-one with a local environmental neighborhood collective to plant trees, clean streams and remove invasive plants. These sites are for public use, and can positively impact the quality of life for all users.+ Read More