Sonce Reese

University of Baltimore

Sonce Reese, a graduate student at University of Baltimore, has a passion for social justice and demonstrates a deep commitment to her community. Her presence on campus is felt in many ways, as a graduate assistant for our unique "Divided Baltimore" course, as a member of a work group that is planning for a campus food pantry which will open in Fall 2016, and as a leader in student governance and student organizations. She has a strong and inspiring vision for community change in Baltimore, and a vision to improve neighborhoods and increase home ownership. Her efforts include working on a project with Civic Works to address zoning issues, and working with city officials to write policy to reduce vacants, increase home ownership, and eliminate blight in neighborhoods. These grassroots efforts demonstrate Sonce's commitment to the Baltimore community as well as her UB community.

Mr. Kurt L. Schmoke
University of Baltimore

Personal Statement

Social justice issues, particularly those facing underserved populations in Baltimore, are very important to me. Last Fall, I served as Graduate Assistant for the unique "Divided Baltimore" course which focused on the historical context of Baltimore and the current social issues within the community, including UB students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the community in a spirited discussion. Created a scholarship, the Sonce Reese Award, helping students to bridge the gap between available funding and their academic needs. This Summer, I participated in LeaderShape, an intensive, year-long program that helps students develop a vision for positive change in Baltimore. My focus is on creating healthy, vibrant communities, which incorporates home ownership, safe neighborhoods and sustainable green space for all citizens. Over the last year, I have also been involved in the Campus Food Pantry Work Group, helping to plan for a campus pantry that will open in the Fall 2016 and will serve students, staff, and faculty who are experiencing hunger. Additionally, I serve as an officer in several student organizations and honor societies, including the National Society of Leadership and Success. I believe that when dialogue begins, change happens.

Sonce Reese
Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Human Security: Class of 2018
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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