N.C. Campus Compact recognizes CPCC student with Community Impact Award

last modified Dec 11, 2017 11:30 AM

North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement, recognized Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) student Tida Bayo with its Community Impact Award, during its annual Citizenship, Service, Networking, And Partnership (CSNAP) Conference at Winston-Salem University on Nov. 18. The award recognizes one outstanding undergraduate student service leader from each member campus.

Bayo was one of 23 students selected for the 2017 honor, joining the more than 250 college students who have been recognized by N.C. Campus Compact since the award was first presented in 2006.

Bayo, a native of The Gambia in West Africa, is currently seeking her associate degree in science at CPCC. She is deeply involved in the CPCC student community as a member of the college’s Rotaract, Phi Theta Kappa and the African Student Association. She also serves on the executive board of the Student Government Association.

While her contributions to these many groups have been outstanding, her greatest accomplishment to date has been working at CPCC’s Central Campus Emergency Food Pantry. Selected last spring as a student coordinator for the pantry’s first semester, Bayo was the only student coordinator to be re-hired in fall 2017. A skilled organizer, she manages pantry inventory, coordinates deliveries with pantry suppliers and provides referrals to students who need more support. Most of all, she respects students’ privacy and treats them with kindness and compassion.

During the conference, Bayo had the opportunity to network with more than 230 students and staff from 28 campuses in the N.C. Campus Compact network and attend a variety of student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and presentations by local “change agents” representing different public service pathways.

Photo courtesy of Kenny Brock. Caption: CPCC student Tida Bayo (right) with Leslie Garvin, executive director of North Carolina Campus Compact.