UNC Asheville senior Amanda Slater honored for community service

Press release from UNC Asheville: 

UNC Asheville student Amanda Slater has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement. Slater is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school.

Slater is one of 25 students selected by their campus for the 2016 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

Slater stands out as a successful alternative break leader and an advocate for LGBT youth. As a participant in multiple alternative breaks, she has worked to address such issues as LGBT youth homelessness and animal welfare. As a break leader, Amanda successfully managed the practicalities of budget and logistics, and she fostered meaningful discussion and reflection on social justice. As a two-year vice president of UNC Asheville’s LGBT student organization Alliance, she coordinated workshops and events to educate students and the community on LGBT issues.

She has also been active in the Asheville community as an intern with three different Asheville non-profits: Youth OUTright, CoThinkk, and Green Opportunities.

A senior majoring in new media, Slater is from Cary, North Carolina.

Slater will be honored on Nov. 12 at the Compact’s annual CSNAP (Citizenship, Service, Networking And Partnerships) student conference, hosted this year by UNC Asheville in the Highsmith Union. The event will convene more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference will include student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a showcase of organizations working for social change, including the Campus Kitchens Project, Rachel Carson Council, and the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 36 public, private, and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.

UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant is the vice-chair of the national Campus Compact board of directors, which is comprised of college and university presidents and chancellors.

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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