Claire Bergren, Augsburg College
Claire Bergren, a junior at Augsburg College, is deeply engaged in work around racial justice and social issues linked to poverty. Through the Bonner Leader Program,Claire engages directly with a community organization in North Minneapolis to do community organizing and community based research around educational opportunities for students in low income neighborhoods. Claire has taken her experience and knowledge to expand ways of working in the community to get to the root of political and social inequalities. Claire will continue to work in North Minneapolis this summertraining student-leaders to work on issues of inequality and public policy, while also pursuing an internship in the Minnesota capital for the next academic year.
Jordan Wente, Rochester Community and Technical College
Jordan Wente, a graduating sophomore at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), advocates for human rights through social entrepreneurism. As a teaching assistant, tutor, project leader, and founding student member of RCTC’s Cambodia Service Learning Trip, his work has helped create a “Fairly Traded” small business in his community where students purchase items from partner NGOs in Cambodia and sell items locally to raise money and social consciousness. The profits are used to purchase sewing machines for the women sewing the products sold. He has also helped raise over $30,000 to build toilets and wells in Cambodia for rural schools. Jordan was also a co-recipient of a 2010 State Farm mini-grant, co-sponsored by MN Campus Compact, to support work in Cambodia.
Claire Curran, Gustavus Adolphus College
Claire Curran, a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College, is passionate about interfaith cooperation. Claire interned for the Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit building the interfaith movement across the country. She is the founder of MOSAIC, a student organization that affirms the dignity of all religious and nonreligious traditions through dialogue, education and service. Claire facilitates weekly interfaith discussions, campus-wide events and has represented Gustavus at interfaith conferences in Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC. Claire plans on studying in India next fall to gain a better understanding of global issues and the role interfaith cooperation can play in creating solutions.
Amanda Bardonner, St.Cloud State University
Amanda Bardonner, a junior at St. Cloud State University, is an active student leader currently serving as the Student Association President and recently has been elected to serve as the State Chair for the Minnesota State University Student Association. Throughout her term, Amanda has engaged students in community-wide discussions and transformed the reputation of Student Government. As an extension of her role, Amanda has strengthened relationships with community members and built relationships with state legislators while fighting for funding for higher education. Amanda also serves on the St. Cloud City Student Advisory Committee that reports directly to the St. Cloud Mayor.
Eric Goldfischer, Macalester College
Eric Goldfischer is a student leader at Macalester College in the area of Economic Justice. His efforts encompass direct service, partnership building, research and policy work. He began a relationship between Macalester and two innovative organizations that address the issue of homelessness. He recruited other students to be involved and provided support for student volunteers. He worked with Minneapolis City Council members to pass a resolution recognizing Homelessness Awareness Month. Eric has completed policy research on the issue of housing trusts for low-income people and this summer will be a civic engagement fellow through Macalester’s Political Science department. Eric also attended MN Campus Compact’s Student Leadership Summit in the fall of 2010.