CPCC student receives statewide honor for community service

last modified Nov 10, 2016 04:46 PM

Central Piedmont Community College student DaQuane Cherry has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement. Cherry is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school.

Cherry is one of 25 students selected by their campus for the 2016 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

A second year marketing student from Elizabeth City, Cherry has been an active leader across the spectrum of civic and community engagement at CPCC. He is a SGA Senator and serves as the Election Engagement Fellow on Central Campus, working to engage his peers in the 2016 election. As a Rotaract member, he has been part of many community-based service projects, and as a Service Learning Program work study student, he has helped other students become involved in service learning. He is also a frequent performer in CPCC plays and musicals.

Dr. Jenn Marts, CPCC’s Director of Service-Learning, says Cherry “has been a fantastic addition to the Service-Learning team,” and she praises his “outgoing, energetic, inclusive” leadership style.

Cherry will be honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 12 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The event will convene more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference will include student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a showcase of organizations working for social change, including the Campus Kitchens Project, Rachel Carson Council, and the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 36 public, private, and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.