Congratulations, ECP Fall 2020 Graduates!


BATON ROUGE – The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL), in conjunction with LSU Campus Life, are pleased to announce its largest Fall cohort of eight seniors that will graduate with the Engaged Citizen Distinction.

gold medals engraved with an oak tree, hanging from a purple and gold ribbons, rest on a white tablecloth.

Eight graduates will receive Engaged Citizen Program medals for Fall 2020. This is the largest fall cohort of the program's history.
Photo Credit: Alison Paz, LSU Campus Life

Collectively, these students have earned 69 service-learning credit hours and have volunteered approximately 700 hours across their local and global communities during their academic tenure at LSU. Some of this cohort’s volunteer opportunities include Read Across America, Knock Knock Children’s Museum, and local Baton Rouge hospitals. One student also served abroad on an international mission trip to San Ignacio, Belize. 

“The way these graduates engaged in a diverse set of service opportunities during a tremendously difficult year—and beautifully articulated how they grew and learned from it—is a deeply inspiring moment for the whole CCELL team,” said CCELL Director and LSU Sociology & Women's and Gender Studies Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Becker.

CCELL and LSU Campus Life established the Engaged Citizen Program to support and recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate students who engage significantly with their communities to address critical community needs. Any undergraduate student can apply to be a part of the program.

“We are extremely proud of the service the Fall 2020 Engaged Citizens graduates offered through this program,” said Associate Dean of Students and Director of LSU Campus Life Jacob Brumfield. “These graduates helped LSU fulfill a core mission of serving the citizens of the State of Louisiana while complementing their education efforts and stretching their own leadership abilities. The fortunes of our communities and our state are made brighter with their contributions.”

The Fall 2020 Engaged Citizens are as follows:

Powder Springs, Ga.
Rachel Welch, Biological Sciences & Anthropology

Baton Rouge, La.
Joseph Dunbar, Interdisciplinary Studies & Kinesiology
Mae Anne Mangaoil, Chemical Engineering
Joseph Park, Interdisciplinary Studies
Olivia Marretta, Kinesiology

Covington, La.
Ashlyn Suchand, Psychology & English

New Orleans, La.
Joneya Thompson, Interdisciplinary Studies & Kinesiology

Saint Rose, La.
Naomi Westbrook, Elementary Education

To earn this distinction, the students must meet the high standards of the Engaged Citizen Program. Special requirements for this semester’s cohort include completion of a minimum of seven credit hours of service-learning designated coursework, a minimum of 75 hours of community service with approved organizations, and a reflective paper detailing how the work fulfills LSU’s commitment to community.

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CCELL fosters the scholarship of community engagement by integrating teaching, research, and service that emphasize civic responsibility and social accountability. For more information about service-learning at LSU, visit CCELL’s website at

LSU Campus Life supports and advises student organizations that uphold the three tenets of Campus Life: Involvement, Leadership and Service. These organizations include Geaux Big Baton Rouge, Homecoming Student Committee, Service Breaks, Student Activities Board and Volunteer LSU. LSU Campus Life also works closely with more than 400 student organizations, countless student organization leaders and organization advisers, and is home to some of LSU's biggest traditions. LSU Campus Life strives to make LSU an increasingly vibrant campus community. Visit for more information.

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