Alexis Musick

University of Miami

Alexis Musick, a second-year student at the University of Miami has displayed a continued commitment to civic engagement. For the past few years, Alexis has been instrumental in developing meaningful service experiences including the coordination of weekly opportunities for students to create arts and crafts with patients at the Ronald McDonald House. Alexis has also been involved with Camp Kesem and Student Government along with serving as a Site Leader three times for the University of Miami Alternative Breaks program. Additionally, Alexis has been influential in the creation of Nourish International at the University of Miami. This organization provides students the opportunity to partner with communities and support their efforts toward sustainable development.

Her accomplishments as a scholar and engaged citizen are extraordinary. Along with developing global initiatives to create effective mechanisms for lasting change, Alexis is dedicated to educating her peers on the social issues they are working with as they are personally progressing towards active citizenship. Alexis is an inspirational leader and model leader focused on solving some of the world's most pressing social issues.

Julio Frenk
University of Miami

Personal Statement

As college students, every choice we make shapes the rest of our lives; every decision forever affects our future, for better or for worse, and defines the impact we'll have on society. With that idea in mind, I've done all that I can to make civic engagement an integral part of my college career. As a sophomore with more than 2,000 hours of lifetime service, I have found that to truly address the root causes of social issues, you must first understand its context and history.
Without this, service is only palliative - there's no real progression without finding ways to break down an issue's most pertinent form of systemic inequality. While I involve myself in the community as much as I can - including leadership positions in Camp Kesem and Student Government, and three Alternative Break trips, two of which I site led - by far my most expansive involvement is Nourish International. I founded and am currently a Chapter Leader for my University's chapter, and through this, I have coordinated a partnership between our students and AVODEC, a non-profit based in Jinotega, Nicaragua, to support the economic empowerment of a women's cooperative in the community. After a three-month consultative process, AVODEC and the cooperative decided to seek support for a pig farm project, as it aligned most with their strengths and opportunities. Over the summer, six of our students will be traveling to Jinotega to work with the women to construct a thirty-pig farm and facilitate training sessions in essential skills like financial management so that the cooperative can continue to be profitable and independent even after the project's completion.

Alexis Musick
Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Political Science: Class of 2018
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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