Sabyne A. Pierre-Dartmouth College
This past summer, Sabyne was invited on behalf of Dartmouth to attend a conference in New Zealand as a Matariki Ambassador where she discussed and exchanged ideas with schools from across the globe on different approaches to addressing health and poverty concerns within the Upper Valley Community. They are now in the works of implementing those ideas at Dartmouth.
Sabyne also received an award titled the Spirit of New Hampshire award, for her efforts in community service.
At Dartmouth, Sabyne played a role in moving towards implementing a food pantry for students who are here during the 6-week winter break while some food facilities are closed. They addressed food insecurity at an ivy league institution, something near and dear to Sabyne’s heart.
Colleen Toomy-Saint Anselm’s College
This year, I have had the exciting opportunity to take on different leadership positions on the Saint Anselm College campus and become more engaged with the Manchester, NH community. On campus, I am working as a Senior Resident Assistant, leading a group of ten strong and passionate RAs in freshman housing. This position has allowed me to see the inner working of what the professional Residential Life staff does to insure the safety, security, and wellbeing of students on campus. This role has been significant in the development of my mentoring skills with new staff members, facilitating dialogues, and working through crisis situations. My favorite aspect of the job is living with my freshman residents and being able to be a big sister figure to them throughout the year.
A new and very exciting role that I have received on campus through the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, is being a Team Leader for Elmwood Gardens Housing Development Project’s Homework Club. With this role, I am responsible for running the after-school program for immigrant and refugee students Pre-K through 12th grade. I work closely with volunteers and other staff members to help students insure that their homework is complete, that they are given support with reading, and communicating student information between the Manchester Schools and teachers. Not only do we provide a safe space for them after-school to complete their homework, but we engage them in science experiments and crafts each day, as well as take the students on field trips! I attend Homework Club every day from 3-5pm, Monday-Friday, as well as meet with teachers and social workers from the Manchester Schools and the Manchester Housing Authority weekly. I have fallen in love with this program and have developed such incredible relationships with the students who attend.
Christine Bryan-Keene State College
It has been an honor to serve at Keene State College as a Newman Civic Fellow. My focus has been on continued research regarding homelessness in southwestern New Hampshire. This includes a presentation given to the Greater Keene Homeless Coalition with the results from a critical analysis of how those experiencing housing crises represent themselves. I have also completed an analysis of data from local shelters, looking for markers of significance and further questions to pursue, and gave a presentation on campus. This semester I am addressing recidivism in homelessness as well as the shortage of affordable housing. Besides the satisfaction I have derived from the community connection and the fascination of “real life” research, I feel that the fellowship provided credentials that opened doors for me, which will have lasting impact into the future. I am grateful for the support and resources from Campus Compact and look forward to meeting the award recipient for next year.