Student Honored for Community Service

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 10, 2016 – High Point University student Ebony Gillette has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement.

Gillette is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school. She is one of 25 students selected by their campus for the 2016 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

ebonyDescribed by staff as “an amazing gift of a student,” Gillette has quietly led by example on campus and in the community. As the lone senior in HPU’s Bonner program, she has worked to strengthen the growing program, completing summer work with the National Bonner Foundation and developing a handbook and policies to orient new HPU Bonners.

In the community, she has expanded new tutoring programs that connect HPU with the Boys & Girls Club and West End Ministries, and she has taken part in various projects through the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Recently, Gillette helped host World Café conversations at HPU that focused on politics and race during a tense election season.

A senior majoring in business administration, Gillette is from Laurel, Maryland. Gillette will be honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, to be held this year on Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

The event will bring together more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference will include student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a showcase of organizations working for social change, including the Campus Kitchens Project, Rachel Carson Council and the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

About the North Carolina Campus Compact

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. Guided by an executive board of presidents and chancellors, the Compact supports member schools through professional development and resources related to civic and community engagement. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.

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