As a senior studying Public Health and Service, Katie’s work has transcended the classroom and lead to a committed presence at Higher Ground, a communal retreat and resource center for those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Greensboro, NC. Higher Ground brings families and communities together and offers meals, counseling, and educational classes. The website explains, “Higher Ground is a safe place … a place to explore oneself and the world in the light of the very intense journeys HIV/AIDS presses upon all of us.”
For the last two years Katie has devoted over 10 hours a week volunteering at Higher Ground and now she is turning her passion for people into action. She participated in SURE (summer undergraduate research experience) and collected over 20 job illness narratives for her research, which she plans to submit for publication shortly.
Katie has also developed her passion on Elon’s campus. She works on the Executive Committee for Elonthon in the Family Relations department which welcomes and supports the families from the Children’s Miracle Network that come to Elon during the 24 hour dance marathon. In Tri Delta she acts as our Service Chair and works helping sisters get involved in volunteer positions around the community.
Katie also is on Head Staff for New Student Orientation, a team that works year round to ensure the college transition is seamless for all students. AND, Katie is a College Fellow at Elon. (Phew, aren’t you tired just reading all that!)
As Tri Deltas, we are committed to giving back to those less fortunate than us. Our sisterhood calls us to remember our blessings and spread that joy onward. Katie’s commitment to others is the heart of what it means to be a good sister and shine for the whole world to see.