Zach Atkins

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Zach Atkins, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, has proven himself as an engaged student and a leader on campus and in the community. In addition to double majoring in Psychology and Communication, Zach is also pursuing certificates in Mental Health and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. While maintaining an excellent academic record, Zach dedicates his time and talents to several campus organizations. He serves as both a Success Coach and Peer Advisor in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, helping other Parkside students successfully navigate their college experience. Zach is also passionate about sharing his skills to benefit others in his community. He has worked for a local nonprofit that provides recreational activities for people with developmental disabilities and serves as a teaching counselor at an agency that supports clients experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. Also, he has volunteered for the annual PowerUp event to assist local Racine and Kenosha students with preparing for college. As a member of the executive board of the Black Student Union and a member of the Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity incorporated, Zach initiates, develops, and coordinates retention-based programs to assist student peers as well.

Dr. Deborah Ford
University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Personal Statement

I first became involved in addressing issues of inequality and helping my community out by my family involving me in various community events. As I got older, I not only saw how inequalities affected both my own family but also how my family was always willing to help out others. This both inspired me to be a catalyst for both my own community and communities across the spectrum. My family always taught me to play an active role in society by utilizing my talents to give back and broaden my knowledge on the experiences of others. My undergrad experience has been no different. On campus, I am fortunate to be surrounded by other amazing leaders through my leadership in Black Student Union, recent presidency and active brother of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., and past involvements like Active Minds. These student organizations all are about the people and raising awareness on critical social issues. Outside of campus, I also am involved with helping my community out through non profit organizations. This past summer I was an assistant director of a camp for people with disabilities and currently I am a teaching counselor for people undergoing mental health or substance abuse crisis. All of these opportunities have allowed me to use my skills to bring my community up.

Zach Atkins
Psychology & Communications: 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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