Sarah Lutes

UNC Asheville

Community engagement has always been an important emphasis in Sarah Lute’s life. From her social justice-centered church community to her current service engagement both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to her rigorous academic pursuits, Sarah is active on the Asheville Wesley Foundation leadership team, planning community service and outreach opportunities for her peers. In her short time at UNC Asheville, Sarah has proven herself to be a motivated, compassionate and engaged lifelong learner. Sarah is a dynamic young person who is enthusiastic and passionate about life and people. Sarah builds positive connections with peers and advisors and genuinely wants to make an impact in the world through helping others. For the energy and commitment Sarah brings to community engagement and the University of North Carolina Asheville, I give Sarah Lutes my endorsement for the Newman Civic Fellowship program.

Nancy Cable
Chancellor
UNC Asheville

Personal Statement

Growing up in a social justice oriented church setting, community service has always been emphasized in my life. I started going on service trips in middle school, and gained a love of service. As I got older, and even more so as I began my studies in sociology and Spanish, I also began to understand the deep societal structures that play into an individual’s personal life circumstances and choices, and the ways in which these structures privilege some individuals over others and prevent some from understanding the problems faced by those less privileged than themselves. This past semester, I have been working with the immigration department at Pisgah Legal Services- an organization that provides free legal help to low income individuals in western North Carolina- helping to build an asylum case through research focusing on the root causes of violence towards women and migration in many Central American countries. On campus, I am involved in student leadership of the Asheville Wesley Foundation, a campus ministry group that does a variety of community services projects throughout the semester, including an ongoing partnership with a local ministry focusing on the needs of the homeless population in downtown Asheville.

Sarah Lutes
Double major in Sociology and Spanish: 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 Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado 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 Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas 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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