Kelly has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, vision, and creativity within her first two years as the Service-Learning Director at Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP). She has created the following:
1. Martin Luther King Service Day, which involves 10% of the student body, and faculty, staff and administrators, who spend a minimum of three hours serving local non-profits such as the Dorothy Day Center, St. Anthony Health Center, and PCs for People.
2. Freshmen service day where all incoming first-year students volunteer in the community as a part of their Welcome Week orientation.
3. Spring Break Service trips where students fundraise and travel to four domestic and international locations to provide service to areas of previous devastation or dire need.
4. Leadership Certificate program that requires students’ participation in on- and off-campus service projects.
5. Outstanding Leadership Training opportunities and retreats for a widely diverse group of students.
Kelly has also continued to support the following efforts:
1. Sponsor brown bag monthly meetings for faculty to share service-learning successes and triumphs;
2. Maintain campus community partnerships such as ARTS-Us, Walter’s Wish, SALT- World Relief, Minnesota, and PLUS Time.
3. Coordinates the annual service-learning awards which recognize one faculty member and student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
Prior to Kelly assuming the role of Director of Community Action, Leadership & Learning Center, service-learning at CSP was minimal in resources and activities, and with her vision, skills and additional resources (that she helped secure), Kelly has literally transformed service-learning to phenomenally diverse, meaningful, thriving, and successful service and learning opportunities.
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