Sarah Tomas Morgan

University of Notre Dame

Sarah Tomas Morgan is a junior at the University of Notre Dame who has been deeply engaged in leadership on campus since her first year. Serving in her residence hall and in various campus organizations, she has combined her passion for politics with her interest in peace studies. Noting that many of her peers refrained from political engagement, Ms. Tomas Morgan built a team to develop a nonpartisan campus movement, called NDVotes '16, to educate, register, and mobilize students in advance of the 2016 presidential election. The success of NDVotes is due to her thoughtful articulation of a compelling idea, her inclusive stance to bring a diverse range of peers to the effort, and collaborative style which allowed those peers to develop their own leadership abilities. Because of its success, we are eager to support Ms. Tomas Morgan as she moves forward with plans to share and promote political and civic engagement with other student leaders across the country. We are confident that Ms. Tomas Morgan will continue to be an active and thoughtful civic leader well beyond her time at Notre Dame.

John Jenkins C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame

Personal Statement

I grew up discussing politics around the dinner table and attending campaigns and rallies in my hometown. When I started college, I met other students who wanted to talk about politics and the direction of the country. My education centers on the discussion of big ideas through my university's Program of Liberal Studies, but our group came from a range of backgrounds and majors. Our movement grew out of an understanding that engagement in civic life is the responsibility of everyone. We worked to get out the vote and educate students on election issues in advance of the presidential election, and partnered with numerous other organizations to widen the scope of our engagement. Next year, I look forward to expanding our partnerships to include colleges and universities nationwide and continuing to promote civic participation among students and young people.

Sarah Tomas Morgan
Program of Liberal Studies (major), Peace Studies (minor): 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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