Hunter Malone, a junior at Berea College, is a creative and collaborative student leader, who is actively involved in mentoring and training others. He is also committed to developing opportunities for others to learn and take action on the issues that are important to them. A sociology major with a history minor, Hunter is particularly interested in exploring intersections of human rights and social issues. He believes that "every person has something to offer" and works to help others develop their skills and knowledge so that they are empowered take effective social action. Hunter has worked for three years in the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service and currently trains and supervises first-year students who have committed to making service and civic engagement an integral part of their college careers. As a catalyst, Hunter has played a lead role in bringing a large-scale refugee simulation to campus and has developed trainings about diversity for other student civic engagement leaders.
Although I was involved in service work prior to coming to Berea College, it wasn't until then that I began to fully understand why I served. Being a spiritual person, I felt compelled to serve others. Being a queer man in the south, I feel compelled to be heard and acknowledged. The Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) proved to be a catalyst for combining those two convictions. I have come to learn that it is not hard to find someone who is being oppressed or unheard, however, I found impressive amounts of resilience. Serving others opens my mind to think critically about policies and the people that are effected. I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to serve my community through being involved with training first-year college students to engage with the community and serve in the areas they feel called. It is my belief that everyone has something to offer, I hope to nurture those characteristics and work to build a stronger community.