April 14, 2016

Service Hits Home

Khadija Carr ’15 made a memorable impact during her four years at Guilford College. The Forensic Biology major served in Community Senate, mentored students as a Resident Advisor, and made her mark as both a Multicultural Leadership Scholar and Principled Problem Solving Scholar.

“As a PPS scholar, I gained a keen understanding about the connection between business and crafting social good,” Khadija says. “These leadership positions compelled me to pursue a year of service with AmeriCorps; I look forward to leveraging my passion for equity and inclusion to create meaningful ways to engage youth.”

Khadija says she jumped at the chance to work with Service Works D.C., which brings her home to her Silver Spring, Md., roots.

“As a native to the D.C. area, I have seen all too often that lack of access to resources has stifled the growth and economic opportunity for so many young people around me,” she says. “In this role, I will be able to provide tools and guidance to 16-24 year-olds — helping them reach their educational and economic potential.”

Building self-confidence in others and helping them to recognize their considerable individual worth and value to society is an ethos that matured during Khadija’s days at Guilford, where faculty are very intentional about developing such a mindset.

“For the most part, my classes were taught in a circular formation,” Khadija says. “In this fashion, we could rearrange the space to foster a sense of inclusion, thus eliminating the actor-audience dynamic that is often at play in classroom settings. Everyone has something to contribute to the collective.”