BRIDGES Honors Rhodes Student Volunteers
Publication Date: 5/14/2012
BRIDGES, an organization focused on building a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice, recently honored Rhodes students at its College Corps Appreciation Night.
Teresa Zhou ’12 received the highest honor, the BRIDGES Change Maker Award, which is given to a graduating senior or long-term volunteer who has served with BRIDGES for multiple years, and who has shown commitment, dedication and a passion for BRIDGES’ mission and work. The award was presented by Kristin Fox-Trautman, Vice President of Bridge Builders.
Zhou volunteered with BRIDGES from her sophomore to senior year. Her primary work focused on economics-based research analysis projects, and she helped BRIDGES develop a sliding scale fee-for service model that will help sustain the organization into the future. Additionally, she served as a facilitator in PeaceJam and Bridge Builders® programs, leading youth through experiential learning activities and discussions focused on community, leadership and justice. Zhou also served as an intern with BRIDGES Workforce Development.
Also at the event, Iris Mercado ’15 received BRIDGES’ Most Dedicated Volunteer award for her work with Bridge Builders Change, a group of 12 high school and middle school interns responsible for a one-year community campaign focused on an issue affecting youth in our city.
Frankie Dakin ’14 and Omolola Ajayi ’14 both shared reflections on their two years of service with BRIDGES as well.
In total, the College Corps program engaged 138 college students and young adults in more than 3,400 hours of service, trainings and events this year. This included 32 students from Rhodes, eight of which served as interns with BRIDGES.
In the photo Teresa Zhou (middle) with Bob Rogalski, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, and Kristin Fox-Trautman, Vice President of Bridge Builders.