As the first Bhutanese refugee student at Guilford College, Mamta Gurung has been an extraordinary advocate for her community and a valuable leader for Guilford.
For her service and leadership, Mamta has been recognized with the Community Impact Award from North Carolina Campus Compact.
She will be honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP (Citizenship, Service, Networking and Partnerships) student conference, Nov. 12, at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The event will convene more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network.
North Carolina Campus Compact honors one student at each member school with the award. Mamta joins more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.
Mamta, a junior from High Point, N.C., majoring in accounting, has served as a Bonner Center Public Health Fellow and has been an active supporter of community-based research into health issues among Bhutanese refugees, including mental illness and malnutrition.
She also has worked as a language and cultural interpreter for many Guilford projects serving the Bhutanese community. Mamta has shared her culture with others as an active member of the Asian Culture club and a speaker at events like the prestigious Triangle Global Health Conference in 2015.
“Mamta is among the growing number of extraordinary students from our local refugee and immigrant communities whose efforts combine service learning with community-based research,” said Andrew Young, Volunteer Training Coordinator at the Bonner Center.
“Speaking on behalf of the researchers in the Bhutanese Health and Wellness Research Project (in which Mamta is a research associate), I can say we’d be nowhere without her knowledge and deep cultural skills.
“Whenever we have stumbled, we can count on Mamta’s leadership to build bridges and close gaps. Her interventions insured the success of the Mobile Market’s outreach at Glen Haven and laid the foundations for our community work.”