Brown, who is majoring in psychology and business with a minor in civics, is from Kings Mountain. She is one of 21 students chosen for the 2015 honor, and she joins more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.
In her first semester at UNC Charlotte, Brown founded a student organization called My Sister’s Keeper. The group works to influence the community by philanthropy and the art of self-expression through dance and step, combining Brown’s artistic and humanitarian passions. Under her leadership, My Sister’s Keeper has raised hundreds of dollars for campus and community charities. She also has served as a program coordinator and teaching assistant for the University’s Psychology Learning Community. In this role, she led community service projects, including Stop Hunger Now and the new Niner Student Food Pantry, where she directs 35 student volunteers.
All Community Impact Award winners will be honored at the annual CSNAP student conference, which will be held Nov. 7 at UNC Pembroke. This event will convene nearly 100 students and staff from more than 20 campuses in the network. In addition to the awards presentations, the conference will include training on cultural competency, community engagement and the “sustained dialogue” leadership process.
North Carolina Campus Compact, the state affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically engaged graduates and strengthen communities. Started in 2002 and hosted by Elon University, the statewide network includes 36 public, private and community colleges and universities. UNC Charlotte first joined the compact in 2007.