Political Science Student at N.C. A&T Receives NC Campus Compact Award

By Tonya Dixon / 12/06/2019 Student Affairs, Students, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, History & Political Science

Political Science Student at N.C. A&T Receives NC Campus Compact Award

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2019) – Brenda Caldwell, a junior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has recently been honored for community service and selected to receive the North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award. Campus Compact is a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement.

The award recognizes students with a deep commitment to community involvement and ability to inspire peers.

“I’m grateful that my hard work has been recognized. None of my successes would have been possible without the support from my political action committee, fellow executive board members and volunteers who helped me out,” said Caldwell. “I hope to continue to build on this momentum and keep striving toward outstanding leadership and service during my time at A&T and beyond.”

Caldwell is one of 22 students across the state to receive the 2019 award, joining more than 300 college students honored by the organization since the award was first presented in 2006.

A political science student from Greensboro, Caldwell used her position as the Student Government Association’s attorney general to stimulate political interest and responsiveness across campus. She helped students register to vote by organizing the university’s fall Political Action Week and National Voter Registration Day and trained volunteers to assist students with registrations. As a result, 648 students registered to vote in addition to the 525 registrations Caldwell collected from students in first-year and various other classes.

Caldwell worked with the Color of Change to create a petition and a movement requesting the restoration of an early polling site on campus. She also organized a record number of students to attend Guilford County Board of Elections meetings in an effort to establish the university as an early polling site.

“Brenda has an outstanding ability to lead and inspire fellow students to engage beyond their imagination. She has fearlessly and unapologetically sparked change on campus,” said Dawn Murphy, Ed.D., assistant vice chancellor for student development at the university, who recommended Caldwell for the award.

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