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Congratulations to our 2020 Service Showcase Winners!

Laura Phillips


Ecology, Evolutionary Organismal Biology, Classical Languages

Community Partner: CCO EARTH Program

"Over the past year Earth CCO has strived to provide unique volunteer opportunities for students to engage in the environment and food security. In addition to continuing our smaller initiatives, such as trail building and trash pickup, we have increased the productivity and impact of the Earth Garden."

Sri Veerasetti, Riya Parikh, Tyler Cargill

CCO Mentors in the Lives of Kids (MILK)

Community Partner: Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence

"In collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MILK organized the MILK Holiday Party with the goal of providing over 500 local elementary students the opportunity to forge connections with their classmates and volunteers. Ensuring an increased likelihood of fostered relationships meant increasing the variety of activities and people for youth to engage with. Therefore, MILK additionally partnered with Project Bridge and Helping Unite Generations (HUG), whose respective emphasis on literacy education and creating connections with the elderly diversified the experiences of the youth."

Thank you to all of our participants in this year's Service Showcase!

Individual Presentations

Amanda Ceci


Applied Behavioral Science

Community Partner: KU Center for Community Health and Development, Community Youth Development and Prevention Team

"This semester I am working with the CYDPT, a group of organizations that work on different things like substance abuse prevention and after-school initiatives for vulnerable youth."

Allison Glaser


Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science

Community Partner: Lawrence- Douglas County Health Department

"This service project from my placement at Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health was to develop and implement an intervention to increase the number of Douglas County residents enrolled with the MyStrength app. MyStrength is a behavioral health resource app that contains educational modules on a variety of topics including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, chronic pain management, substance use, & healthy eating habits."

Em Hull


Business Analytics and Information Systems

Community Partner: Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, Premier Martial Arts

"My presentation focuses on the work I’ve done to bring self-defense seminars to campus. I was originally working with the Emily Taylor Center to plan a self-defense seminar, but because of COVID-19, we weren’t able to hold the event. To adapt, we decided to make an online video series discussing as much as possible of the previously planned content."

Ashley McKinney


Applied Behavioral Science, Community Health and Development, Psychology

Community Partner: ThrYve Program, KU Center for Community Health and Development

"The goal of my service project is to prepare future practicum students working with ThrYve to be more culturally competent before working with minority youth members and their families. To effectively support the mission of the organization, cultural competence must be mastered by KU students who’ve worked or provided services to people of various cultural backgrounds."

Samiyah Para-Cremer


Applied Behavioral Science, Law& Society, Spanish

Community Partner: Kansas Appleseed

"In Fall 2019, I volunteered with Kansas Appleseed for my Applied Behavioral Science practicum. Across four months, I designed and administered a statewide survey to all 180 summer meal sponsors in order to identify the changes and supports needed to ensure every Kansas child has a nutritious meal to eat."

Lauren Spence


Strategic Communications and Sociology

Community Partner: Lawrence Humane Society

"Last semester, I began looking for gaps in the community that could be solved through creative communication and photography work. After some digging, I contacted Michael LaFave of Lawrence Humane Society and asked to be a volunteer photographer at the organization. Quality photography for the Lawrence Humane Society is believed to increase adoptions—after posting a photo of a shelter animal, it typically takes two or three days for that animal to be adopted. From photographing the shelter animals, I have learned about patience, teamwork, and the ability to adapt." 

Group Presentations

Vaughn Craddock, Bonnie Miller, Azeez Baig

CCO Hawks for Health

Community Partners: Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, LMH Health, Lawrence Public Library

"During the 2019 Open Enrollment Period from November 1 - December 15, the 13 Hawks for Health CAC volunteers assisted 52 Douglas County residents with their applications for Marketplace insurance plans, of which 37 residents were eligible to enroll. Our intentions for this project were to provide information and technology that would make an important and complex application easier to navigate. We believe that these health insurance plans make preventive care services more available for those who enroll or relieve enrollees of extremely high medical costs should they need to access emergency or intensive care services over the course of this year."

Manahil Khan, Daphne Lin, Amanda Nguyen

CCO Concerned, Active, and Aware Students (CAAS)

Community Partner: Lawrence Community Shelter

"This year, the CCO's CAAS Program has been focusing on rebuilding our relationship with the Lawrence Community Shelter (LCS) due to the increasingly urgent state and number of homeless individuals in the Lawrence Area. In the past year alone, the Lawrence homeless population has increased by 60%, a number that only increased when the shelter was forced to its capacity by half in August 2019. The ultimate goal of this partnership between CAAS and LCS is to assist the Lawrence community and bring awareness to homelessness in the greater Lawrence area."

Courtland Triplett, Lorre’Al Triplett, Sam Harder, Lauren Spence

KU Student United Way

Community Partner: United Way of Douglas County

"Student United Way works to bridge the gap between campus and community—so we can all grow healthier, dream bigger, and accomplish more good. This year, we’ve worked with Lawrence Community Shelter, Positive Bright Start, Student Senate’s social mobility AdHoc committee, and Just Food. Our largest focus was a student-housing-wide food drive. By working with Food for Jayhawks, Just Food, and student housing, we were able to direct a food drive that raised 654 pounds of food for KU students struggling with food insecurity. Brown paper bags were placed in front of residents’ doors with literature linking students to resources they could access if they were experiencing food insecurity as well."

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