Alex Farmer is in her last year at Salt Lake Community College. Alex has served in many leadership roles in the Thayne Center for Service & Learning. Alex epitomizes what it means to be a Civically Engaged Scholar in her personal and academic life. At the college she has worked on many sustainability initiatives including bike repair stations, campus community gardens, composting/ food waste efforts, and Earth Day programming. Alex is also mindful of her personal impact on the planet and finds many creative ways to reduce her footprint. This year, Alex has taken a lead role in the newly opened Redwood Campus Pantry. Her commitment to social justice is realized in her interactions with peers and partner agencies. The pantry gets continual feedback of being a welcoming space for all.
I became civically involved when I traveled to Nepal for the first time and witnessed a culture other than my own that had their own set of social challenges which were different than my own that I had never witnessed nor heard of. As I became more aware of the world through my travels, I began to discover my passions working with local communities and their environments. When I got back to the U.S., I decided to go back to school to explore these passions and that's when I came across the Thayne Center for Service and Learning. Through this office, I became a SLiCE member: Student Leader in Civic Engagement, I was able to plan the school's Earth Day Festival, help start an on-campus community garden, start and run an on-campus food pantry, had bicycle repair stations installed to promote more biking, and am currently working on a school-wide composting system.