Congratulations, ECP Spring 2021 Graduates!


BATON ROUGE – The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL), in conjunction with LSU Campus Life, are pleased to announce its largest cohort of 20 seniors that will graduate with the Engaged Citizen distinction in May 2021.

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

Twenty graduates will receive the Engaged Citizen Program medal for Spring 2021. This is the largest cohort of the program's history.
Photo Credit: Alison Paz, LSU Campus Life

Collectively, these students have earned 177 service-learning credit hours and have volunteered approximately 1700 hours across their local and global communities during their academic tenure at LSU. Some of this cohort’s volunteer opportunities include service events such as Campus Life's Geaux Big and Community Bound. Their individual community engagement includes working with Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of America, Live 2 Serve, and East Baton Rouge public schools throughout their academic tenure. Some students also served abroad on international mission trips to Guatemala, Chile, Haiti and Ghana. 

“Standing back and looking at what this cohort of ECP graduates has done in an academic year like 2020-21 leaves us awestruck,” said CCELL Director, Dr. Sarah Becker. “The world ahead of us looks brighter as they carry themselves into their post-LSU lives.”

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.

“The service these students offered others through challenging times is an incredible testament to their readiness for serving as engaged LSU alumni”, said Associate Dean of Students and Director of LSU Campus Life Jacob Brumfield. "We are proud of them and thankful they chose to lead and serve as LSU students!’

The Spring 2021 Engaged Citizens are as follows:

Clayton, Del.
Eva Gatune

Atlanta, Ga.
Raleigh Bentz

Baton Rouge, La.
Kothar Abdelghani
Audrey Barton
Karley Doyle
John Howe
Tyler Scott
Monique Theriot
Alyssa Winkler

Franklinton, La.
Heath McNeese

Mandeville, La.
Abigail Ezell
Elise Hernandez

Metairie, La.
Meghan Fitzpatrick
Julia Pitre

New Orleans, La.
Sarah Hassinger

Thibodaux, La.
Haley Fremin

Ville Platte, La.
Morgan Fontenot

Houston, Texas
Brendan Cummings

Baltimore, Md.
Alaysia Johnson

Caracas, Venezuela
Nathaly Ysaccis Betancourt

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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