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.

October Winner: Savanna Thomas



Community and Therapeutic Recreation


American Sign Language




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.