Mr. Ian Kanterman is a junior enrolled in URI's International Engineering Program, focusing on Biomedical Engineering and French. He approaches addressing the root cause of social issues by seeking to create a community of engaged and socially responsible leaders. He leads by example in organizing awareness and engagement programs for the campus and inspiring and compelling his fellow peers and community members to step up and become part of the solution. Mr. Kanterman, motivated by his own understanding of the power of service, inspires his peers to be change agents by building their capacity to tap into their own potential to make a difference. He understands that change requires collaboration and responsible citizenship, and tirelessly seeks to inspire future problem solvers and civic leaders who together will build a
better world. Mr. Kanterman also understands that change must come from within and be driven by compassion, kindness, and an honest drive to make a difference.
I am confident when I say that service left an everlasting impression on me when I was a young boy. The purity and the significance of service became more evident as I entered my undergraduate career. I followed my passion for service by becoming a Civic Engagement Leader through URI's Feinstein Center for Service Learning. This role taught me how to be a stronger leader, and how to spark passion and positive ideals in the minds of others. I strongly believe in the ripple effect, in that if one mind is thinking about how they can be a positive force of change, then it will ripple to others, and the more optimistic minds we have, the better our Earth will be. Each year, I volunteer at a special needs camp known as Ronald McDonald Camp, a place dedicated to spreading joy and happiness to children with cancer. This place continually teaches me the idea of positivity and the power it can have on others - and this service, along with all other forms of it - invigorates me to seek out ways to advocate for others, to aid others, and these ideologies will stay with me well past college.