Nicolette Duong

University of Florida

Nicolette Duong, a third year student at the University of Florida, is passionate about addressing and solving issues related to agriculture and livestock, adequate nutrition and education, and peace building and conflict resolution. Her passion for creating positive, sustainable change is demonstrated in several of her leadership activities, including her work in Picol, Peru in 2016, to help enhance economic and infrastructure stability. Nicolette believes in furthering local community changes through her work, but also understands the possible impacts on a larger scale. Nicolette and her colleague implemented solutions in different communities across America. In 2017, she and a colleague created a safety and educational program that allowed them to work with several communities across the country including the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of California - Los Angeles, and Santa Fe Ruth Baseball League. Nicolette embodies the spirit of leadership and service and we are proud to have her represent the Gator Nation.

Kent Fuchs
University of Florida

Personal Statement

The Newman Civic Fellows will allow me the opportunity to refine value in local communities, challenge my mindset with social change strategies, and address future problems. Social change strategies that I have employed thus far in my undergraduate career have revolved around three things: cultivating agriculture/livestock, designing nutrition programs, and outlining community safety/peace.
Among many other projects, last year I worked with a rural community of Picol, Peru to enhance economic and infrastructure stability. In 2017, a colleague and I created a two-part safety and educational program allowing us to work with the Boys and Girls of Alachua County, University of Miami, University of Florida, University of California - Los Angeles, and the Santa Fe Ruth Baseball League. Both opportunities have allowed me to write grants, work with experts in the field, and apply academic knowledge into social change. More importantly, both opportunities showed me the power of working with the local community members to solve social issues in that community. I believe our current programs will start locally by focusing on safety, nutrition, and unity and therefore address global problems.

Nicolette Duong
B.A. Microbiology and Cell Science: Class of May 2018
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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