Hello! My name is Eleanor and I am a Junior from Frederick County, Maryland working towards a dual degree in Social Work and Political Science with a minor in Psychology.
My involvement within the Honors College includes writing for the Honors newsletter, The Saunterer, and being the Honors Student worker. This year I am co-leading the Honors College Ambassadors with Kacie Cassar. Through the Honors College, I have been able to present at regional academic conferences as well as gain strong mentorship and guidance from the college's professors. I am currently working on my Honors Thesis. I am examining the presence of employment discrimination towards returning citizens, previously incarcerated individuals, who have returned to their communities on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.
Outside of the Honors Program, I serve as the President of Student United Way, a student led organization which promotes community service. For the past year, I interned for United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore as their Volunteer Center Intern through the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance, a national non-profit credential which prepares students for leadership in the non-profit sector post graduation. I love volunteering both in the local and international community. During Winter 2017, I volunteered in New Dehli, India, for four weeks with a vocational school NGO where I taught elementary aged children from low-income families. For Winter 2018, I will be volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa, for five weeks with an NGO focused on supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This semester, I will be interning in the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.
I am also extremely active with the Social Work Department. Through the guidance of my Honors Thesis Mentor, Dr. Jennifer Jewell, Chair of the Social Work Department, I have been volunteering as a book group leader at Eastern Correctional Institution for over a year, where I promote adult literacy and discussion with the inmates, which is the inspiration behind my Honors Thesis. I have also had the opportunity to represent Salisbury Univeristy at the National Association of Social Workers - Maryland, Student Leader Retreat & Conference. I currently serve as the Event Coordinator for Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society, where I am organizing community outreach programs with the local school districts and non-profit organizations.
The Honors College continues to provide me with amazing opportunities and strong mentorship. I would love to share my enthusiasm with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at anytime.
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