Julia currently serves as Student Coordinator for Leadership Development for the ACT Center. In this capacity, Julia has empowered other college students to create positive change. For example, Julia recently supported Shantrice King, who applied for and received grant funding from MN Campus Compact to create empowerment programming for local Somali girls. During the past four years at Carleton, Julia has sought out opportunities to work and serve in a variety of modes: direct service, academic service-learning, and community building. Julia has done everything from coordinating Lighten Up, a massive community-wide garage sale which raised $23,000 for local non-profits, to serving as volunteer Program Director for our local Clothes Closet program, to organizing and moderating an Organic Food and Hunger Panel for our center’s annual Civic Engagement series. In addition to her work with the ACT office, Julia also played a key role in the Ethics of Civic Engagement class. Students in another course had begun to do research on the local food shelf and the need for a new kind of feeding program. Julia stepped in to the project and did research on alternative models of food programs. This past fall, after her work (combined with the other students and several key community partners) the Community Action Center in collaboration with St. Peter’s Church began a new food program, the Angel Food Ministries. After the course was done, Julia continued to be involved with helping to set up the program as a volunteer over the summer.
Come hear Julia and other award recipients talk about their work at the MN Campus Compact Annual Summit.