Student groups were led by their First Year Experience (FYE) instructors and peer mentors. By partnering new Guilfordians with students and staff, the College further underscores the importance of community and of illustrating our commitment to our values.
“A lot of our students aren’t from Greensboro, so connecting them with this community and what’s important to it and to Guilford is a great opportunity,” explained Jason Hill, Community Director and Student Success Mentor, as he led his team at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. “Everything they do in college will connect to the larger community, so Day of Service gives them that early insight into that connection.”
Irving Zavaleta Jimenez, Assistant Director of the Multicultural Education Department and Latinx Community Coordinator, was as busy working as any of his FYE students were, carrying boxes of food to cars for families and serving as an interpreter. He stressed the importance of service as a real, live learning opportunity.
“Day of Service is a way for Guilford students to get to know the community they are a part of and to understand the needs and challenges that the Piedmont faces in a more personal way. Instead of only talking about poverty or talking about classism, they can see it and work to address it.”