Citizen Leader Highlight of the Month

The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement has launched a new recognition program: Citizen Leader of the Month. These students have been selected as a UNCG Citizen Leader based on the following requirements:

  1. They live out our definition of what it means to be a citizen leader.

  2. They exhibit 1 or more of our 8 competencies of a UNCG leader.

  3. They were nominated by a UNCG staff member.

  4. They have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  5. They are involved with at least one organization or office at UNCG.


January Winner: Oluwatamilore (Tammy) Ogunkale

Major: Computer Science, Pre-Med

Year: Junior

Involvements: Gold Leadership Challenge- Big Brother Big Sister of the Central PiedmontAfrican Student Union, & Articulate Poetry Club

Why Oluwatamilore is a Citizen Leader

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.

How She Demonstrates our Core Competencies of a UNCG Leader

Community engagement

She has been involved in a number of community service opportunities during her time here at UNCG. They include the Spartan Open Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, and currently, Big Brother Big Sister of the Central Piedmont. She says working for these organizations has further opened her eyes to the needs of the community, and makes her want to contribute more time and effort to making it a better place.

Task Management

Additionally, she says she has been able to successfully balance school work with other extracurricular activities while being a full-time student. She works for our office, Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, and her job requirements have made her learn how to prioritize and multi task. Between all of her daily activities, she has learned how to use her planner, Google calendar, and other apps on her phone to help accomplish her tasks. It is important to her that she always completes tasks given to her to the best of her abilities.


October Winner: Savanna Thomas

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 Citizen Leader

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.

How She Demonstrates our Core Competencies of a UNCG Leader

Relationship/Group Development

Through her role as a Camp Director for Camp Kesem, she is a part of a community of passionate individuals including student leaders, families affected by cancer, Greensboro citizens, and community contacts. By working together with local hospitals and support groups, Camp Kesem is able to support deserving children.

Creative Visioning and Goal Setting
With the Honors College and the Center for New North Carolinians, she filled a need in the community through her role as a Student Reflection Leader. Her idea for creating sustainable programming will help ensure their students and the children they work with will benefit from the experience. She believes that the first step in problem solving is connecting with people who wish to see the same change.