Duke University senior honored for community service

ELON, NC – Duke University student Snehan Sharma 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. Sharma is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, which honors one student leader at each school.

Sharma is one of 23 students selected by their campus for the 2017 honor, joining more than 250 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

Sharma has gone above and beyond in dedicating himself to working with and for vulnerable people in the Durham community. Shortly after coming to Duke, he joined the Kenan Refugee Project: first as a tutor and mentor of refugee youth in Durham through the MASTERY program, then as a Kenan Summer Fellow, then as a member of the Citizenship Lab project to support the civic participation of refugee youth. He drew on this refugee advocacy experience in his work with the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF). With CEF, he advocated for affordable and accessible housing in Durham, including organizing the city’s first Mayor’s Landlord Roundtable during a summer stint with DukeEngage-Durham.

Sharma is a senior history major from Grayson, Georgia.

Sharma and other award recipients were honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 18 at Winston-Salem State University. The event convened more than 230 students and staff from 28 campuses in the network. The conference included student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a featured remarks by local “change agents” representing different public service pathways.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 37 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.

Sharma with Leslie Garvin, Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact