Civic-Minded Professional: Hailey Boudreau

Civic-minded professional Hailey Boudreau graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in dietetics in May 2013. After finishing her accredited internship also through ISU in October 2014, she became a registered dietitian in November 2014. She has been a Hy-Vee dietitian since January 2015.  She is also a dietitian for Camp Hertko Hollow, diabetes camp for kids and teens, the social chair for the American Diabetes Association Young Professional group of Central Iowa, helps with marketing for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also volunteers her time to bake once a week with a young woman with…

First generation civic-minded professionals

“No veas para atrás” , “no tienes excusa” , “si tenemos que vender la casa la vendemos” . These are some of the phrases that several of our Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) and AmeriCorps VISTA alumni heard growing up. Even more so as they were about to graduate high school and travel the unknown world of college. We  wanted to better understanding how first-generation Latino students think about their preparation to become civic-minded professionals, so we asked Yvette Bahena, ICAP alum and current grad student pursuing her masters in College Personnel Affairs at Illinois Wesleyan University, Luis Sanchez ICAP…

Are you a civic-minded professional?

To understand the civic mission of higher education, it’s important to consider the goals. One goal is graduating students who can successful contribute in the workforce and in their communities. These are civic-minded professionals. The term has been used by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis who created a scale to measure what they define as: A civic-minded professional is one who is skillfully trained through formal education with the ethical disposition as a social trustee of knowledge, and the capacity to work with others in a democratic way to achieve public goods. At Iowa Campus Compact, we define it…

Civic-Minded Professional: Taylor Kinn

Taylor Kinn arrived at Cornell College to start her freshman year just weeks after devastating floods hit Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. She immediately got involved and continued to find community experiences through her first-year living and learning community, “Connect Floor,” and as co-founder of a chapter of Colleges Against Cancer/Relay For Life. These opportunities not only gave Kinn the chance to pursue her passion for helping others. They’ve had tangible benefits as well, helping her build invaluable transferrable skills. These include organization, time management, event planning, conflict resolution, problem solving, management, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and attention to detail. “I utilize these skills daily…

Civic-Minded Professional: Stefanie Rosenberg Wager

Stefanie Rosenberg Wager serves as the social studies consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, and it’s her job to think about how Iowa is educating students for their role as citizens in our democracy. As a state and national civic education leader, she has come to see the link between civic education and preparing for a career and life. “Being well-rounded is so important in today’s world,” said Rosenberg Wager. “Being a civic-minded professional is a key part of being a well-rounded person. Students have to think about the world around them and not only how to navigate that world,…

Civic-Minded Professional: Natali Justiniano-Pahl

Natali Justiniano-Pahl has two business cards. The traditional card lists her job title, while the other says “Community Leader.” This symbolizes her commitment to community and the value she places on community experiences in her life and career. “Each phase of my life has offered different opportunities and ways of giving back,” said Justiniano-Pahl, who started volunteering alongside her family and then became involved in managing local parks, mentoring children, and, eventually, teaching business skills to high school students. She has become an active member serving on community boards, including the United Way. “These opportunities have really allowed me to understand the diversity…

Civic-Minded Professional: Jim Tagye

Jim Tagye has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, and marketing. He has working in publishing, for a multinational company, and in higher education, but when he thinks back to his college experience and how he started to build the skills he has today, he’ll tell you about the time he pretended to be a drunk driver. “I personally collaborated with the president of the university, local first-aid responders, and other businesses to execute a realistic alcohol-related mock accident on campus,” said Tagye. The event was part of a larger initiative aimed at creating healthier and safer…

Civic-Minded Professional: Alayna Bailey

When Alayna Bailey graduated from Central College in 2014, she had the skills and connections to get hired right away, and she credits her community engagement experiences directly with that outcome. “Service learning is how I ended up where I am today,” said Bailey, who is now Wellness and Lifestyle Director at a Des Moines retirement community. “I was able to make connections and relationships with staff and residents, and when an opportunity for employment arose, I was selected to join the team.” Bailey says her service learning courses and community engagement experiences, which included volunteering and internships with her…

Civic-Minded Professional: David McInally

Iowa Campus Compact Board Chair and Coe College President David McInally’s background and experience gives him a unique perspective on the role community experiences can play in building civic and career skills. As a first-generation college student (and the first male in his family ever to finish high school) he saw college as a way out. “Community experiences were central to developing my ability to frame and solve problems, to manage projects independently, to communicate effectively, and to work with groups of diverse people,” recalls McInally. “Community experiences also developed my work ethic and confidence at entering unfamiliar or uncomfortable…

Civic-Minded Professional: Brianne Sanchez

Des Moines University Community Relations Manager and Iowa Campus Compact Committee Member Brianne Sanchez has built both new connections and skills through her community experiences. “Community involvement isn’t just one section of my life and career. It’s the whole thing,” said Sanchez. “By bringing my whole self to roles I hold at work, as a volunteer and as a parent, I’m constantly making connections, learning, and growing.” Sanchez’s role in community experiences started young with Girls Scouts and continued into college when she chose to enter a service-oriented “living-learning community” at the University of Missouri. Her career took a path…

Civic-Minded Professional: Kevin Coriolan

As a student at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Kevin Coriolan credit community experiences with helping him to build what he calls “cultural intelligence.” Experiences like volunteering at the local Hispanic celebration connected him with populations of people he wouldn’t otherwise have met as a traditional college student. “As someone who currently works at a university with people ranging in age, race, gender, and education, I appreciate that I was exposed to people different from me through my community engagement experiences,” said Coriolan, who now serves as Director of Student Activities at Charleston Southern University.  He also credits…

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