As a peer leader with the John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement, sophomore Madison Mellinger quite literally touches every aspect of the center. On Tuesday, May 4 she was honored for her contributions at the Campus Life Peer to Peer Leadership Celebration with the facilitation award.
Ever committed to sustained volunteering, Mellinger is a peer leader with the Student Volunteers Council and Community House programs. Her facilitation skills shined especially bright this year, when all conversations took place virtually via video meetings on Zoom.
"As noted by one of her nominees, [Madison's] ability to facilitate and execute important dialogues has allowed her to start critical conversations about place-based justice and the role service plays in that important work," said Charlotte Collins, associate director at the Pace Center and staff adviser to Community House. "Madison is incredibly great at shaping conversations in ways that make her peers feel heard and that their contributions are valued."
Mellinger was recognized for how her passion, grit and insightfulness allow her to push her peers to think critically and creatively during conversations, and how she models doing that with compassion and care.
The Peer to Peer Leadership Celebration was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, the Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement, AccessAbility Center, Athletics, the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, the Center for Career Development, Health Promotion and Prevention Services, the LGBT Center, Office of the Dean of the College, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Office of Religious Life, Office of Sustainability, Outdoor Action, the Pace Center, and SHARE.