Community Engagement Award
Inaugurated in 2013, the Wake Forest University Department of Sociology Community Engagement Award recognizes a graduating senior sociology major who embodies Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate motto and who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and leadership. The recipient of this award is recognized for their outstanding community engagement work at the campus-wide May awards ceremony that takes place during Commencement weekend. The student’s name is placed on the department plaque which is displayed prominently in the Sociology Department.
The following are some of the factors the department considers in selecting the awardee:
- participation in campus service activities and campus life
- community participation and leadership (domestic and international)
- volunteer, internship, and work experience
- participation in service learning courses and programs
Class of 2013 Winner: Nicole Little
The first annual Community Engagement Award winner is Nicole Little, a Sociology major with a Crime and Criminal Justice concentration and Women and Gender Studies minor. Nicole’s service and leadership work is wide-ranging and commendable. During her time at Wake Forest she has volunteered as a community mentor and tutor, organized criminal justice advocacy for the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom, and Justice, and served as a Guardian ad Litem for victims of child abuse.
In January 2014, Nicole will be appointed Director of The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated educating the public about flaws in the criminal justice system and to advocating for those wrongfully incarcerated. She intends to continue he work with the WFU Law School’s ProBono Project and with the Expunction Clinic at Legal Aid of NC, a project offering legal services to NC residents seeking an expungement or a certificate of relief. She plans to enter law school in the future and to become a criminal justice attorney. Congratulations, Nicole!