Change Maker of the Month

Change Makers are active participants in society accountable to and responsible for the common good. Their willingness to act and ability to lead transforms visions into reality. In doing so, they are able to negotiate diverse views and adapt behaviors to work with others as agents of positive and ethical change.

OLCE’s Change Maker of the Month:

  1. Lives out our definition of what it means to be a Change Maker.
  2. Has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Is involved with at least one or more OLCE program (Spartan Leadership Challenge, Service Days, Catalyst, Democracy Fellows, etc.).

Jordan Moss, April 2024

Major: Biology and Biochemistry

Year: Senior


  • Bronze Level of the Spartan Leadership Challenge
  • Peer Academic Leader
  • Director of Business Affairs for the 101st Session of the Student Government Association
  • Alpha Lambda Delta, the Honor Society for First-Year Academic Success
  • Former Secretary for the Black Student Union

Why JOrdan is a Change Maker:

Jordan is a changemaker because she challenges the way things are traditionally done and creates opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. As a part of the Student Government Association, she has worked alongside her constituents to author legislation that brings awareness to people in minority groups and communities. This has included writing Breast Cancer Awareness Legislation and helping pass legislation regarding Transgender Visibility. Jordan works with the UNCG Police Department to coordinate the annual safety walk to make sure students who need access to wheelchair entrances and exits get the resources and information they need and make sure they are safe on our campus. Jordan listens to her peers and takes in their feedback, which is why she launched a climate feedback survey including all departments, UNCG dining, and UNCG PD to gauge the needs and demands of the students here at UNCG as a way to make things better and improve in the future for the future Spartans.

Taylor Hall, March 2024

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior


  • Bronze Level of the Spartan Leadership Challenge
  • OLCE service programs: MLK Day of Service, Catalyst
  • Volunteering with the Shield Mentor Program and Guilford County Family Justice Center
  • Completed the work force development program at the Washington Center

Why Taylor is a Change Maker:

One way Taylor is a changemaker is because she is not afraid of change. Taylor is an individual who embraces their individuality and stays true to themselves. Taylor says, “Being comfortable with discomfort and reaching out to new opportunities has helped me grow as a person. My three core values are personal development, spirituality, and self-respect. With these values, I am intentional with my goals and contributions to the community”.

Tia Johnson, February 2024

Major: Public Health Education

Year: Junior


  • John R. Lewis Undergraduate Public Health Scholar with the CDC
  • Catalyst Leader, OLCE
  • MLK Day of Service Site Leader 2024
  • Spartan Service Day Site Leader 2023
  • Community Outreach Chair, We Got Heart Foundation

Why Tia is a Change Maker:

Tia is a phenomenal leader within her community and area of study. She has been involved with several internships that focus on public health and has presented research about caregiving efforts for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Tia currently utilizes her leadership skills by serving as a Catalyst Leader with the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement where she designs and leads service projects for her fellow Spartans. Tia is particularly passionate about issues of maternal health, AIDS/HIV awareness, and health issues impacting black youth. Her nominator says Tia is unique in her style of leadership in that she connects individually with the people around her.

Zainab Adamou-Mohamed, October 2023

Major: Studio Art with a minor in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

Year: Sophomore


  • Communications Intern for Democracy NC
  • Bronze and Silver Spartan Leadership Challenge
  • President, Muslim Students Association
  • Office Assistant, Honors College
  • Spartan Service Day Participant 2022
  • MLK Day of Service Site Leader 2023

Why zainab is a Change Maker:

In Zainab’s word’s “Being a changemaker means taking the time to learn more about the issues that exist in my community and then finding ways to solve them. I do this by participating in efforts such as community service, but I am also working on developing the skills needed to implement long-term solutions. To be a changemaker means one must step up, speak out, and demonstrate inclusive leadership.” On campus, Zainab shows her leadership through her multiple involvements on campus, including being President of MSA, and by completing the Bronze and Silver levels of the Spartan Leadership Challenge.

She interned in Summer 2023 with Democracy North Carolina, a nonprofit that strengthens democratic structures, builds power among disenfranchised communities and more. There, she says, she finetuned her communication and social media skills, visited one-on-one with state legislators, and had the chance to inform others about voting rules. 

Zainab continues to grow in her leadership and commitment to creating change in her community. Her UNCG experience has broadened her perspective and allowed her to think critically about her civic identity.

Kahlia Hargett, September 2023

Major: Public Health Education with a concentration in Community Health a Minor in Business

Year: Junior


  • Black Student Union
  • Spartan Leadership Challenge
  • CSS Neuse Museum State of NC internship
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • On campus Library worker in the stacks department

Why kahlia is a Change Maker:

Kahlia is a changemaker in many ways.  In her word’s “To me being a changemaker means not only making a difference in your life but being able to make a huge impact on others. I enjoy seeing people come together to make a change within their selves and their community.” On campus, Kahlia shows her leadership through involvement with the Black Student Union and by completing the Bronze and Silver levels of the Spartan Leadership Challenge.

This past summer, Kahlia was selected as an intern through the CSS Neuse Museum State of NC. The State of North Carolina Internship Program has been a fundamental source for nurturing the interest of NC’s best and brightest students in the area of public service. This program is instrumental in laying the foundation for future careers in state government. 

Coordinated by the Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, the State of North Carolina Internship Program offers college students across the state an opportunity to connect lessons learned in the classroom to potential career choices. Kahlia worked with Untold Stories Women & African American in Lenoir Intern – DNCR. 

Santiago Sanabria Guzman, August 2023

Major: Sociology with two minors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Development and Family Studies

Year: Junior


  • UNCG Chance Mentor
  • SECU Public Fellows Internship Program
  • UNCG Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA)
  • Ritmo Latino

Why Santiago is a Change Maker:

Santiago is a changemaker in many ways.  He strives to create community wherever he goes and is always a welcoming presence to students, staff, faculty and community members at UNCG.  Santiago is from Colombia, and he’s also involved in clubs like ALPFA and Ritmo Latino. To him, a changemaker is an integral and collaborative person who seeks to create change within the community by empowering other members through creativity, education, critical thinking, and communication, all to generate a common good where we all make a difference.

Santiago served this summer as a SECU Public Fellows Intern with the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC), which promotes access and integration for immigrants and refugees in North Carolina by bridging newcomer populations with existing communities through direct service provision, research, and training.  Santiago completed over 300 hours with CNNC working with people new to the United States, helping them get acclimated to their new home.  Santiago also served as a CHANCE Mentor this summer.  CHANCE is a program for Hispanic/LatinX high school students that come to UNCG and spend a week learning about the life of a college student.  Santiago served as not only a mentor but a friend, a support system, and a role model to these students.

Grace Acosta

Grace Acosta, April 2023

Major: Double Major in Psychology and Integrated Professional Studies

Year: Senior


  • Bronze, Silver, and Gold Leadership Challenge
  • Coordinator FaithAction Intl. House Talent Show 2023
  • UNCG Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA)
  • Spanish American Latino Student Association (S.A.L.S.A)
  • Psychology Club

Why Grace is a Change Maker:

Grace Acosta is a senior double majoring in Psychology, and Integrated Professional Studies. She is wholeheartedly driven to bring change to the community at large, and shows that in a variety of ways! She is currently engaging in the Gold Experience in the Spartan Leadership Challenge serving as Coordinator of the UNCG Gold Leadership, and put forward the FaithAction International House Talent Show 2023. Additional from completing the Bronze and Silver Experiences of the SLC, Grace stays active on campus as a member of various student organization, such as the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), the Spanish American Latino Student Association (S.A.L.S.A), and UNCG’s Psychology Club.

As a ChangeMaker, Grace displays values in community, commitment, and collaboration. Those who know Grace, say she “puts in an innumerable amount of time and effort into furthering and bettering the community. This is best evidenced by her current gold level project. She is going above and beyond to make an impact and raise funds to help the local community. She works tirelessly to synthesize a multitude of different perspectives and views so that everybody in the community can benefit.” Grace is devoted to inspiring change and contributing towards positive social change.

When asked, “why is it important to be a changemaker?” Grace proudly stated, “It is important to be a change-maker since it gives me the opportunity to always inspire and help others. Sometimes all it takes is courage and inspiration to impact someone who wants to make a difference in the community, and my goal is to always help lead and inspire others with making a positive change in the world.”

Odalis Paulino

Odalis Peralta Paulino, March 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Entrepreneurship

Year: Senior


  • S.O.C.A (Student of Caribbean Ancestry) Community Service Chair and Fundraising Chair
  • Member of Sisters with a Vision (SWV)
  • Member of Girls Reaching Out (GRO)
  • Working towards Bronze Leadership Challenge
  • Spartan Service Day, & MLK Day of Service 
  • Blood Drive Volunteer

Why Odalis is a Change Maker:

Odalis Peralta Paulino is a senior majoring in psychology, and minoring in entrepreneurship. She is incredibly dedicated to the UNCG community, and driven to bring change to the community at large! She is currently in the Bronze Experience in the Spartan Leadership Challenge, and has continued involvement with OLCE’s days of service – serving in Spartan Day of Service for two years, and our latest MLK Day of Service. As an active Spartan, Odalis is a proud member of Sisters With a Vision, and Girls Reaching Out, and holds a leadership role within S.O.C.A (Student of Caribbean Ancestry) as Community Service Chair and Fundraising Chair.

The traits of a change maker that Odalias displays are commitment, community, and controversy with courage. Her nominators say that her traits show up when through her passion for service and volunteering, “while also striving to make a positive impact on those around her and the community as a whole. Odalis’ outgoing personality allows her to network and make connections that transcend the constructed barriers that we all face as global citizens.”

When asked, “why is it important to be a changemaker?” Odalis said the following: “I believe it is important to be a change maker because it creates opportunities to make a difference in the community, and communities outside our own to increase positive change. Any small contribution is a closer step to seeing the change we want to see, whether through service, advocacy, leadership or innovation for social change.”

Mulubrhan Kidanu

Mulubrhan Kidanu, February 2023

Major: African and African-American Studies

Year: Senior


  • Founder of Women2Women Self Defense
  • Ambassador for African American and Diaspora Studies
  • Created a petition to address the absence of an African Language course at UNCG

Why Mulubrhan is a Change Maker:

Mulubrhan has made her mark on campus with founding Women2Women Self Defense Course, which she designed to help women protect themselves and create a sense of community. Her nominators (she had two!) described her as “honorable” “hard working” and “amazing at what she does”. She is also a very strong advocate for the promotion of African and African-American studies on UNCG’s campus. 

When asked why Mulubrhan believes being a change maker is important, she quotes, “It’s important to be a Changemaker because there is always room for it if we just observe and educate ourselves about the needs of others. Positive change leads to a better world even if it’s local. The key ingredient to being a Changemaker from my experience is to have unconditional love, passion and patience.”

Jesea Littlejohn

Jesea Littlejohn, November 2022

Major: Computer Science

Year: Senior


  • Catalyst Leader
  • Vice President, Girls Reaching Out
  • Vice President, Students and Technology in Academia, Research, and Service (STARS)
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Black Student Union
  • Girl Talk
  • Art Club Troop
  • Spartan Investment Club

Why Jesea is a Change Maker:

Jesea is a Change Maker, because she believes in positive social change. From her involvement on campus, to serving in the local Greensboro community, she believes it’s important to contribute towards the growth of our communities. Her nominee and peers will say she is ambitious, driven, caring, and passionate about the work she does while embodying an example of a well-rounded student life. After graduating, she wants to create a long-lasting impact in the field of Computer Science, and represent her family proudly in everything she aspires to do. When asked why she thinks it’s important to be a Change Maker, she proudly stated, “I think it is important to be a Change Maker, because we are the future and the future is going to be the one calling the shots to change the world for the better.”

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Zaria Bop, November 2022

Major: Biology

Minors: Chemistry

Year: Senior


  • Vice President, Omega Nu chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Former Peer Academic Leader
  • Spartan Day of Service Site Leader for 2 years
  • Lloyd International Honors College

Why Zaria is a Change Maker:

Zaria is a changemaker because of the dedicated service she does for her community. Zaria holds many of the changemaker traits, but her nominee believes she upholds the trait of collaboration to the fullest extent. Through her work with OLCE specifically she has been able to lead groups of students through meaningful service and reflections. She is also heavily involved with other organizations on campus and always finds ways to enhance the UNCG community!

When asked why being a changemaker was important, Zaria quotes, “I think that it is important to be a change maker to be an example for others to do the same. Everyone is a small but important piece of making change in the community. Even if you think your impact is not making a difference, it is!”

Muskan Khadka

Muskan Khadka, September 2022

Major: Political Science

Minors: History and Sociology

Year: Senior


  • OLCE Democracy Fellow
  • Tutor, Student Support Services
  • Treasurer, Nepalese Student Association

Why Muskan is a Change Maker:

Muskan displays a prominent passion for civic engagement and voter education. Her nominee described her as “adaptable”, “people-oriented and kind” and “always reliable”. She goes above and beyond in the field of political science through internships and her work as a democracy fellow, and continues to display dedication to her community through the work she does for her fellow students and UNCG community. When asked why Muskan believes being a change maker is important, she quotes, “I think being a changemaker is important because it creates meaningful experiences and interactions. My goal is to always have a positive impact on my community.”

Teara Anderson

Teara Anderson, April 2022

Major: Dual degree Special Education and Elementary Education
Year: First Year

  • UNCG Teaching Fellow
  • ACE board, Arts and Culture Committee member
  • Silver Leadership Challenge student

Why Teara is a Change Maker:

Teara shows a clear passion for education in her already extensive involvement while in her first year. Her nominee described her as “highly enthusiastic” and “passionate about making an impact for her students”. She went above and beyond her service requirement while in the Bronze leadership challenge, and continues to display commitment to her community through service and her engagement with leadership week events and workshops.

When asked why Teara believes being a change maker is important, she quotes, “I think it’s important to be a change-maker because that means I can positively affect the next generation and members of that generation can affect more, meaning I can have a long-lasting impact on the world!”

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Maisha Waafa, March 2022

Major: Biology
Year: Junior

  • Bronze Leadership Challenge
  • Silver Leadership Challenge
  • Civic Engagement Academy
  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Chancellor Student Ambassador
  • Blood Drive volunteer at American Red Cross
  • Spartan Spears volunteer
  • Spartan Service Day & MLK Day volunteer

Why Maisha is a Change Maker:

Maisha shows passion and dedication to service and leadership at UNCG and the greater Greensboro community. Outside of being a junior Biology major, Maisha serves as a Chancellor Student Ambassador, and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. She is always looking to grow in new ways as a leader and has engaged in the Civic Engagement Academy, completed the Bronze Leadership Challenge and is currently undergoing the Silver Leadership Challenge. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering as part of the Spartan Spears, serving in the annual Spartan Service Day and MLK Day of Service as well as volunteering at her local American Red Cross center. When asked why she believes it’s important to be a Change Maker, this is what Maisha has to say: 

“I believe leadership has no certain age requirement. Anyone can become a leader as long as they have the potential and the mindset to improve. There is no such things in this world as perfect. It is all bound to trying again and again until we reach the goal. If we want to change something, we must start working for it without expecting others might do it for us. The amount of work we do toward the change does not matter as long as we give the efforts. Once we give the effort toward the change, everything falls into pieces at the end. And that is when we start to improve and develop skills as a leader, as a student, and as a human being.”

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Olivia-Michelle Goldsmith, February 2022

Major: Psychology/Pre-Med
Year: Human and Family Development

  • Member, Helping Hands Club
  • Member, Alpha Delta Pi
  • Silver Leadership Challenge Participant

Why Olivia-Michelle is a Change Maker:

Olivia-Michelle is a first year majoring in psychology. She is an incredibly active and dedicated member of the UNCG community! She has completed the Bronze and Silver levels of the Leadership Challenge program and is a member of the Helping Hands Club and Alpha Delta Pi. As a first year student, Olivia-Michelle is creating quite a presence on campus very quickly! 

The traits of a change maker that Olivia-Michelle displays are commitment and community. Her work with the UNCG community displays her values for creating change through service, and following through with commitments show her dedication to positively impacting the local area. When asked why she thinks being a changemaker is important, she led with a quote from Deke Copenhaver; “If no one tries to change things, things simply are never going to change”. She also had this to add;

“Change making is a choice, a choice I made to be the change I want to see, and I hope to inspire others on my journey. The importance of change-making is to help/guide/inspire others and make them want to make a change. Making change is a positive step forward, even a small change is a step in the right direction.”

David Nguyen

David Nguyen, November 2021

Major: Communication Studies
Year: Junior

  • Peer Academic Leader
  • Spartan Orientation Staff
  • Silver Leadership Challenge
  • North Carolina Sales Institute (NCSI)
  • Spartans in Dialogue
  • Civic Engagement Academy

Why David is a Change Maker:

David is a Junior majoring in Communication Studies who has been chosen as our Change Maker of the Month for his extraordinary leadership with his students. He is known for going above and beyond what he is expected to do and always putting his students first. He’s an exceptional leader demonstrating the 7 C’s of Leadership from the Social Change Model, in particular commitment and collaboration. He is very committed as an educator alongside his co-educator, and shows great passion for mentoring students.

Outside of the classroom, David also wears many hats including a member of the Spartan Orientation Staff, a participant in the Spartans in Dialogue Series, a student in the Civic Engagement Academy, among others. When asked why he thinks change makers are important, this is what he had to say: “I think it is important to be a change maker because through the things you create, you become a role model and thus inspire others to make a difference.”

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Holden Garrison, October 2021

Major: International and Global Studies-Concentration in Global Affairs and Development, Spanish and Entrepreneurship Minors
Year: Senior

  • Honors College Ambassador
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Member
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member

Why Holden is a Change Maker:

Holden is an incredibly active and dedicated member of the Lloyd International Honors College and UNCG community. He has completed the Bronze and Silver levels of the Leadership Challenge program and is currently working to complete a community project to earn his Gold medallion. Last year he became a NASPA Certified Peer Educator which enhanced his strengths in educating and organizing his peers. He currently serves as a Peer Academic Leader for a First-Year Experience course in which he advocates and mentors first-year students, and as a Student Reflection Leader, where he supports quality service-learning in a designated course. 

The traits of a change maker Holden displays the most are commitment and common purpose. He is dependable and consistent and demonstrates the ability to break down bigger goals into tasks and processes. In his service-learning role, Holden teaches others and engages in dialogue about service and service experiences. His ability to facilitate and effectively listen contributes to the common purpose of the class.

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Destiny King, September 2021

Major: Music Education major, Arts Administration minor
Year: Junior

  • Catalyst Leader in the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement
  • University Band Librarian in the School of Music
  • VP of Membership for Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
  • Site Leader for Spartan Service Day (Fall 2021)
  • Bronze (Fall 2019) and Silver Leadership Challenge (Spring 2021) Participant
  • Member of the Wind Ensemble in the School of Music (Fall 2021)
  • Spartans in Dialogue (Fall 2019) Participant

Why Destiny is a Change Maker:

Destiny is currently a Catalyst Leader and was a Spartan Service Day 2021 Site Leader, and SECU Public Fellow Intern serving with SHIELD Mentor Program. Destiny has been thoughtful and creative when building day-long service programs through Catalyst. During her internship with SHIELD this summer, Destiny developed and implemented a photography and videography day camp for youth to learn more about their skills while gaining leadership skills in teamwork and project planning. As a site leader for Spartan Service Day, Destiny was highly supportive and encouraging for volunteers as they worked at their site. She was phenomenal at making others feel comfortable and a part of the UNCG community. Her organization and facilitation skills are on point! She thinks through possibilities and always thinks ahead about the experience students will receive and the learning they will have. She is energetic and engaging when leading groups and is a great role model to those around her.

Joshua Burns

Joshua Burns, April 2021

Major: History and Secondary Education

Year: Junior

Involvement: Josh is involved with the following:

  • UNCG Guarantee Scholar and Cohort Captain
  • UNCG Teaching Fellows
  • UNCG McNair Program Scholar and Student Ambassador
  • Gold Leadership Challenge Participant with SHIELD Mentoring
  • NASPA Certfied Peer Educator (CPE)

Why Joshua is a Change Maker:

Joshua is currently a Gold student, working with SHIELD Mentoring.  He is using his major of education to help craft curriculum to keep students virtually engaged.  He also represented UNCG at the UNC System Conference and learned about sustained dialogue and how to create change on campus.  Post the conference, Joshua met with some attendees who are now crafting a plan to bring back what they learned to UNCG.  Joshua is also a CPE student and went through training in NASPA on how to be a peer facilitator and will continue his work with OLCE next year.  He is also in UNCG Guarantee and serves as a Cohort Captain in the Guarantee program.  He continues to try new things, seeking ways to grow in his leadership and learn new skills.

Christelle Barakat

Christelle Barakat, March 2021

Major: M.A. in  Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in International Peace Development

Year: Graduate Student

Involvement: Christelle is a member of and volunteers for the following:

  • Circle K Global Leadership Program
  • ACE
  • C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T. Alliance
  • GSA
  • Center for New North Carolinians
    • International Ambassadors

Why Christelle is a Change Maker:

Christelle creates positive change through community engagement. She practices this leadership competency by leading volunteers for the UNCG MLK Day of Service and promoting access and integration for local immigrants and refugees through the Center for New North Carolinians.

Christelle increases her Intercultural Knowledge and that of the students she supports as an International Ambassador and a member of the C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T. Alliance. As a Global Leadership Program facilitator, she helps build the leadership skills of international students.

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Maitlyn Calhoun, February 2021

Major: Communications,  Sport Coaching minor

Year: Sophomore

Involvement: Maitlyn is currently a student leader working in the OLCE office, and is also a member of UNCGs Women’s Rugby Team! In the past, she has been a part of the Spartans in Dialogue program, served with the MLK Day of Service, UNCG Day of Service, and has been a Peer Academic Leader.

Why Maitlyn is a Change Maker:

Maitlyn shows two of our major leadership competencies in the way she leads on campus: self awareness and relationship development. She is starting to recognize her power and potential in the way she connects with and works with others to ignite positive change. In previous semesters she has coordinated efforts around service with her FYE class as a PAL, learning that it can take just one person to inspire many. We are so excited to see what she does with OLCE and across campus during her journey as a leader here at UNCG.

Jocelyn Marencik

Jocelyn Marencik, November 2020

Major: Computer Science,  New Media and Design minor

Year: Sophomore

Involvement: Jocelyn is the founder and Initiative Manager of Got Tec, a community initiative which donates and funds needed technology equipment to underserved and underfunded schools. Also, she is the Founder and Initiative Manager of Top of the Rawk Awards. She’s completed her Bronze and Silver leadership challenges for our office and is currently working on the Gold leadership challenge. She is also a member of ACE, the SPEAR club, as well as a founder of UNCG’s Circle K International!

Why Jocelyn is a Change Maker

She has a strong commitment to several of our core leadership competencies: Community Engagement, Intercultural Competence, and Creative Visioning. Jocelyn started her own non-profit, Got Tec, which helps underfunded/served K-12 schools get access to the latest technology to use in their classrooms. For Gold, she is partnering with her non-profit and American Reading Company to continue to offer resources to schools around NC and VA. Jocelyn saw a need in her community and found a way to address it. It’s incredibly inspiring to see such a young person making a huge impact already. She stays committed to her academics while participating in co-curricular programs and running her own non-profit; pretty impressive!

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Cameron Farrar, September 2020

Major: Sociology and Political Science 

Year: Junior

Involvement: Cameron is a Residential Advisor, Democracy Fellow, and Student Coordinator of Peer Education (SCOPE). 

Why Cameron is a Change Maker

Cameron has lived out our definition of Change Maker by being an active student leader both in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and on campus as an RA. He has spent this year as a Democracy Fellow for our office, teaching students and classes about voting while helping to get our campus ready for the November Election. UNCG is a better place with Cameron’s active leadership! 

Belle Downing

Belle Downing, November 2019

Major: Recreation and Parks Management with a Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology

Year: Junior

Involvement: Belle is a Peer Leadship Educator for OLCE, works for OARS, works as a Spartan Guide for Undergraduate Admissions, and works as the Information Desk Manager in the EUC. She is also an active Chancellor’s Ambassador and on the TEDxUNCGreensboro committee. She is also currently doing the Gold Leadership Challenge.

Why Belle is a Change Maker

Belle lives out the definition of Change Maker daily, demonstrating all of our core competencies. She recognizes that real leadership is a process and is continually looking for ways to expand her personal growth. She facilitates a “Be the Change” workshop series for two different residential colleges in an effort to help them recognize their potential as individuals, their strength as a group, and their community responsibility to be the change we need to see in the world. Further, Belle started what she calls “The Better Humans Project” where she asks students to record their answers to the question: How can someone be a better human? She has been compiling and recording the advice, sayings, and ideas students have shared and is planning to share them with our campus.

Killion Webster

Killion Webster, October 2019

Major: Nutrition and Dietetics

Year: Senior

Involvement: Killion is actively involved in the Gold Leadership Challenge, where she is partnered with A Simple Gesture. She is also an officer in the Food Recovery Network, with the role of secretary. She also volunteers with Recipe for Success through the Anthropology department.

Why Killion is a Change Maker

Killion has lived out our definition of Change Maker by demonstrating skills in both task management and community engagement. According to her community partner, Julia Osborne at A Simple Gesture, Killion jumped into her project and never looked back. She is incredibly organized and is very committed to raising awareness around food insecurity. She has great energy, passion, and exemplifies what is means to be a Gold student.

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Jamie Cannady, September 2019

Major: Dance Studies Major, Minor in Interdisciplinary Art and Social Change

Year: Senior

Involvement: Jamie is actively involved in the UNCG Guarantee program, has completed the Bronze Leadership Challenge and is currently working towards Silver while being a Bronze Leadership Challenge facilitator in the Dance Department.

Why Jamie is a Change Maker

Jamie has lived out our definition of Change Maker by being an active student leader both in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and around campus. This year she thought outside of the box and took the initiative to get her fellow dance majors involved in the Bronze Leadership Challenge by bringing it directly to them. She is determined to leave UNCG a better place than she found it and is an inspiration to those around her.

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Lex Lee, March 2019

Major: Social Work Major / Psychology Minor

Year: Junior

Involvement: Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Captain, Peer Leadership Educator (PLE), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Emcee, and UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Office Receptionist

Why Lex is a Change Maker

Lex lives out our definition of citizen leadership by constantly looking for ways to help others, whether it be with an assignment or through the struggles of life. Throughout her various on and off campus roles, she is always advocating for diversity and its importance. Her experience with diverse populations and cultures has opened her eyes to the differences between various groups, and how, as a community, we all can appreciate our differences to reach a common goal.

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Akecicia Steward & Calyssa Ponder, February 2019

Major: Akecicia– Media Studies Major/ Theatre, African American Diaspora Studies Minors

Calyssa– Psychology/Sociology

Year: Akecicia– Senior

Calyssa– Junior

Involvement: Akecicia– Catalyst, Vietnamese Student Association, Advocacy for Access, Residence and Housing Association, SID Ambassador, SpartanLink, G.L.O.W dance team and Gold Leadership Challenge – Reading Connections

Calyssa– Catalyst, NBS/NBS Gospel Choir, Peer Academic Leader, TeamQuest, Blair Wisco PTSD Lab, Girls Reaching Out

Why Akecicia & Calyssa are Change Makers

Akecicia and Calyssa are February’s Citizen Leaders of the Month because, together, they strive to be a catalyst for change. These students serve as OLCE’s Catalyst Leaders for the office’s new Catalyst program. Together, these students live out their values by serving community partners, leading with integrity, and working toward making the difference they hope to see in their communities.

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Oluwatamilore (Tammy) Ogunkale, January 2019

Major: Social Work Major / Psychology Minor

Year: Junior

Involvement: Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Captain, Peer Leadership Educator (PLE), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Emcee, and UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Office Receptionist

Why Oluwatamilore is a Change Maker

Oluwatamilore is January’s Citizen Leader of the month because she involves herself in numerous volunteer opportunities in the community. She believes in leadership through service, so she tries to give back to the community as much as she can. By going through all three levels of the Leadership Challenge, she says she has been able to grow her leadership skills, which in turn makes her a better citizen leader. By being informed, she is able to answer questions that people have regarding civic duties, or she refers them to the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement. Additionally, she is always open to work with anyone to achieve a common goal.

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Savanna Thomas, October 2019

Major: Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Minor: American Sign Language

Year: Junior

Involvements: Director/Founder of Camp Kesem, Past Student Reflection Leader for Honors Colloquium, Undergraduate Assistant for Community Engagement, Honors student , & Out of School Time Coordinator for the city of Greensboro

Why Savanna is a Change Maker

Savanna is October’s Citizen Leader of the month because of her dedication to serving her community. Through Camp Kesem, she is able to work with a team of individuals who address needs in the Greensboro community by spending several hours each week supporting children through and beyond their parent/guardian’s experience with cancer.

Through our Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, she assisted with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of service trips, and days of service. Currently, she serves as the Out of School Time Coordinator for the city of Greensboro, which has allowed her to create effective change in the greater community by serving Greensboro’s youth on a broader scale.

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