UNCG senior Joshua Leeper was awarded the 2016 Community Impact Award at the annual CSNAP Conference (Citizenship, Service, Networking and Partnerships) hosted by North Carolina Campus Compact.
North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of 36 colleges and universities with a shared commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. The Community Impact Awards recognize one outstanding undergraduate student service leader at each member campus. Leeper was recognized for his dedication to mentoring youth and advancing civil rights.
“I was honored to nominate Joshua for this award,” said Kristina Snader, assistant director for community engagement in UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service Learning (OLSL). “During his time at UNCG, he has worked to create positive change through his mentoring program and other organizations. I hope Joshua is an inspiration to other students who aspire to embody the UNCG motto of ‘Service.’”
Leeper, an African American and African diaspora studies major, is the founder of Raise ’Em Up Mentoring, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to prepare and guide youth of diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential through mentorship, education, enrichment activities and programming. He also serves as an OLSL civic engagement fellow, president of UNCG’s Black Business Student Association and education chair for UNCG’s NAACP chapter. This fall, Leeper helped lead a civil rights pilgrimage and service trip to Atlanta and Selma and Birmingham, Alabama. The trip was organized through the Office of Intercultural Engagement.
“I have decided to dedicate my life to progressing social justice in the hopes that one day we can have a society that is equitable for all,” Leeper said. “It was heart-warming to receive this award and to know my hard work is not going unnoticed. At the same time, receiving this award makes me want to work even harder for justice and equality.”
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications