Sophomore honored for civic leadership
Baldwin City, Kan. — Lauren Williams, a Baker University sophomore from Olathe, Kan., has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.
An elementary education major, Williams was recognized for her civic leadership and dedication to “finding solutions for challenges in the community where she lives, serves and learns.” Newman Civic Fellows represent more than 160 Campus Compact member colleges and universities from 32 states. The award was made in honor of Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.
As a freshman, Williams led efforts to revitalize the Baker Serves volunteer service student organization. She has coordinated several campus service projects to combat hunger on a local level through the Tackling Hunger Together Food Drive and an international level through the Numana SWIPE Out Hunger Event. In addition, she has been instrumental in bringing The Big Event to Baker University, a nationwide one-day service project that included more than 120 students giving back to the Baldwin City and Douglas County communities.
Campus Compact, founded in 1985, represents an estimated 6 million students. Dedicated to campus-based civic engagement, it promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.