Nicole McGinty ’24 honored for community engagement

McGinty is a recipient of North Carolina Campus Engagement's Community Impact Student Award.

Nicole McGinty ’24

Nicole McGinty ’24 has been selected for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Engagement, a statewide network of colleges and universities committed to preparing students for civic and social responsibility.

McGinty is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Student Award (CISA), which honors one student leader at each member school. CISA recognizes students with a deep commitment to community involvement and ability to inspire peers. NC Campus Engagement honored the recipients during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 18.

McGinty, a junior majoring in public health, is one of three executive directors for Elon Volunteers!, the student-run organization through the Kernodle Center for Civic Life.  In this role she provides leadership for education and communication for more than 60 Elon Volunteers! student leaders. She mentors these student leaders and helps them think about the intersectionality and root causes behind the social issues the organization explores. She has also partnered with dynamic local community leaders to facilitate monthly presentations to the student leaders.

Prior to becoming an executive director, McGinty was an Alternative Break coordinator for both fall and spring break last academic year focused on food justice issues. She has also served as the co-coordinator for the partnership with CityGate Dream Center, a holistic community center supporting the Latinx population in Burlington and Alamance County. She helped lead weekly experiences to support the Dream Center’s after-school program for middle and high school students that met every Monday.

McGinty is currently working on her honors thesis research which focuses on the promotion of physical activity at the Dream Center for girls ages 9-12. She has also been an active volunteer with multiple local organizations and is also active in various health, wellness and campus recreation roles and activities as well.

Kyle Anderson, associate director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, said, “I have had the chance to work with Nicole directly and indirectly and have always been very impressed with her maturity, thoughtfulness and ability to put community first while approaching her work with humility.”

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