Duke student honored for community service

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

Harshbarger is one of 18 students selected by their campus for the 2018 honor, joining more than 250 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

During her four years at Duke, Harshbarger has taken her love for the environment out of the classroom and into the community. An environmental science and biology double-major, Harshbarger has served extensively with the Duke Marine Lab. She has led beach cleanups, created a curriculum kit for K-12 teachers on marine debris, and recruited volunteers for Duke’s AquaFarm. She has visited classrooms in Durham and Carteret County, helping high school girls explore STEM or teaching schoolkids how scientists use drones for undersea research. She is also involved as a student coordinator with Duke’s PAWS (Promoting Animal Welfare through Service), coordinating student volunteers for local animal shelters near Duke’s campus and organizing fundraising events for animal rescue.

Harshbarger is from Centreville, Maryland.

Harshbarger was honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 10 at Fayetteville State University. The event convened more than 150 students and staff from 23 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference included student-led workshops, panel discussions, and plenary sessions on diverse community engagement topics around the theme: “The Power of Youth Civic Courage.”

North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of 37 colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy. The NC Campus Compact state office fosters connections between campuses, shares best practice information and resources, recognizes outstanding work, and champions civic and community engagement in higher education. Founded in 2002 and hosted by Elon University, the North Carolina network is an affiliate of national Campus Compact, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.