Amanda Wilson, a junior at Warren Wilson College, has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award from North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement. Wilson is one of 19 students across the state to be honored for making a difference in the greater community.
A member of the Bonner Leaders Service Crew on campus, Wilson works to address the educational needs of children and youth. She coordinated the “Kids on Campus” program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, and developed and led an eight-week workshop on education reform that incorporated weekly service at an after-school program. Wilson spent last summer with Teach on the Beach, an education-focused youth development program in Busua, Ghana. She is an anthropology major and education minor from Pittsburgh.
“In addition to her passion for direct service, Amanda is always thinking about the bigger picture of social issues – education justice in particular,” said Shuli Arieh Archer, director of student engagement at Warren Wilson. “We are lucky to have her as part of our team.”
Wilson and other award winners were honored recently at North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Nearly 200 student leaders from 28 campuses in three states attended. Warren Wilson students Rita Gunter and Allyson Miller presented a workshop session on “Spirituality, Faith, and Service.”