HPU student receives statewide award for community service | Business

Lisbeth Ramirez, Bonner Leader and Junior at High Point University, received the North Carolina Campus Compact’s Student Community Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and service.

HIGH POINT, North Carolina, November 29, 2021 – High Point University student Lisbeth Ramirez is honored for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities committed to the community engagement.

Ramirez won the network’s Community Impact Student Award, which honors a student leader at each member school. While at HPU, she served the community as a Bonner Leader, an HPU program that supports local nonprofit organizations. Ramirez volunteers regularly at the High Point Community Clinic, whose mission is to provide quality acute care and chronic disease management to eligible adults who live in the Triad and are not eligible for government assistance.

The award recognizes her extraordinary support to her peers and community service sites, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a privilege to be able to receive such a prestigious award,” says Ramirez, a junior from High Point, North Carolina. “Serving the community that has provided me with a home for the past 20 years is a great honor. As someone who at some point needed help, it’s a rewarding experience to see moments come full circle.

Although HPU Bonner managers are not required to perform hours of service during the summer, Ramirez worked with the High Point YWCA to participate in their VaxConnect initiative.

“Lisbeth was instrumental in launching the YWCA High Point VaxConnect pilot program,” says Heidi Majors, Executive Director of the High Point YWCA. “She brought to the table her passion for educating the community about COVID-19 vaccination as well as providing translation and helping break down the language barrier. She created relationships to build trust in our community.

In her role, she listened to people’s concerns, comforted and educated them, and helped schedule vaccine appointments. Ramirez has also recruited other HPU students to participate in the program as he continues to encourage and educate the community.

Meagan McNeely, director of the Bonner Leader program, nominated Ramirez for the award.

“Lisbeth also demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the HPU community about the local community,” says McNeely. “It is clear that Lisbeth is always ready to contribute to the good of the community, even when it is incredibly difficult.”

NC Campus Compact honored the winners during a virtual awards ceremony on November 5.

Jill E. Washington