Mary-Kate McGeary

University of Rhode Island

Mary-Kate McGeary, junior at the University of Rhode Island, is a student servant leader active in addressing issues of inequality, immigration injustices, urban poverty, and community engagement. Ms. McGeary leads, organizes, and engages peers in community engagement, advocacy, and continued action. She not only leads by example by helping to organize engagement programs for the campus, but has a deep understanding of the importance of recognizing the leadership potential in peers and aides in their own development to find their voice, passions, and courage to step outside of their comfort zones. Ms. McGeary takes advantage of all opportunities that will increase her ability to reach vulnerable and disenfranchised populations of our communities in order for us to find sustainable solutions for our society's most pressing issues. She collaborates with her peers to lead and inspire us all to commit to simple acts of community engagement to help create a more just and equitable society.

Dr. David Dooley
University of Rhode Island

Personal Statement

I am Mary-Kate McGeary, I'm a junior studying Human Development and Family Studies. I began my service journey on campus with a service trip to Atlanta, GA under URI Service Corps that sparked my passion for servant-leadership. Through this I have grown into my leadership strengths, becoming a trip leader for two years and a member on our Advisory Board. I use my top strengths of empathy, connectedness, ideation and relative to help students find the leadership qualities within themselves, which is what I am most passionate about.

Through my work I have seen some of the largest issues facing our country today; inequality, urban poverty, climate change etc. My exposure to these troubles has changed my collective view on social issues. I believe the root of these problems is based on generations of ignorance and fear. They now lie within our government policies and the minds of people who hold power. To address public problems I believe the willing must come together and advocate for what the changes we need. I believe advocacy is our strongest tool, helping educate others will not only strengthen our passion but also inspires others to make a change, strengthening our movement.

Mary-Kate McGeary
Human Development and Family Studies: Class of 2020
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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