Jo Crump ’21 honored by North Carolina Campus Compact for community service

Crump is a recipient of the network's Community Impact Student Award in recognition of her work in the broader community.

Elon student Jo Crump ’21 has been selected for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact.

Crump is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Student Award, which recognizes one student leader at each member school that demonstrates a deep commitment to community involvement and the ability to inspire peers. Campus Compact honored the recipients during a virtual awards ceremony on Nov. 13.

Crump, a senior majoring in public health studies, Spanish, and Latin American studies, has been active in the Leaders in Collaborative Service program, which connects students to partner organizations to address community issues. She served as the coordinator for Family Abuse Services, which provides support services to domestic violence victims. In that position, Crump connected Elon students to volunteer opportunities and supported a variety of projects such as visits to local schools to discuss relationship violence and organizing advocacy events for health relationship awareness.

In her current role as a director for the Leaders in Collaborative Services program, Crump provides feedback, guidance, support, and resources to her peers to help them be successful in their roles.

Crump has been deeply involved in Elon’s alternative breaks program. She started as a participant her first year at Elon, became the coordinator for an international program her sophomore year, and is now is a student director.

She is currently involved in a community-based research project connected to her public health studies major. She is conducting research on the HIV epidemic in the rural south and proposing an intervention to address family oriented HIV-related stigma. By targeting her research on a newly-diagnosed, HIV-positive family member in the five most impoverished counties in North Carolina, she hopes to reduce stigma at the interpersonal level and strengthen systems of support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Kyle Anderson, assistant director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, nominated Crump for the award, noting the connection between her values and her research on HIV in the rural South. “Jo has a clear passion for Public Health and relevant intersecting issues,” Anderson said. “She has been able to engage deeply in work tied to her values in multiple ways.” 

North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of 39 colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partner with communities for positive change, and strengthen democracy. Learn more at