April Singleton

University of Delaware

April Singleton, a sophomore at the University of Delaware, is an exceptional leader committed to providing a means for youth in underserved communities to develop stronger foundations for success by expanding their social and emotional learning. Her immersion in an ongoing dance/theatre project at the University of Delaware has informed her use of the arts in social and emotional learning. As a member of the Women of Consequence production that brought to life women of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, April researched and embodied the life of Harriet Wilson, presenting her life and struggles in writing and in movement. In addition to performing over 30 times as Wilson, April served as one of eight Teaching Artists, presenting a follow-up workshop entitled Dancing a Legacy at 10 Delaware schools and a summer enrichment program. April is creatively triangulating her concentration in Social Entrepreneurship, her leadership in the Delaware Innovation Fellows program, and her deep involvement in Women of Consequence to prepare for and pursue a career based on community activism and social change.

Dennis Assanis
University of Delaware

Personal Statement

During my freshman year, I became involved in arts-integrated projects where we immersed ourselves in African-American history, produced dance pieces that shared those stories, and empowered audiences in underserved communities. An important aspect of our work is the series of movement workshops we lead in middle schools that are used to not only change the pace of their learning to expose them to new ideas but also to emphasize the emotional significance of our history and how it relates to the way society functions today, especially for minorities who have experienced oppression. While working with the students, I realized that another benefit of our engagement was the development of our students' social competencies that encompasses their self-awareness, social skills, and decision-making. In the summer before my sophomore year, I observed this form of learning that integrated the arts having a beneficial impact on the students. Taking what I gained from interacting with the students and combining it with what I learned under the Community Engagement Initiative and my studies in social entrepreneurship, I have started a venture to help teachers incorporate social and emotional learning in their everyday curriculum.

April Singleton
Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation: Class of 2021
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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