2014-2015 Student Engagement Fellows

The inaugural class of student engagement fellows were an outstanding group! For more information on how to apply for the 2015-2016 Student Engagement Fellows program, click here.

Will Bedwell, Ole Miss Students for a Green Campus

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Will Bedwell is a senior Public Policy Leadership major with an Environmental Studies minor from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Since coming to the University, Will has been involved with improving the environmental movement and sustainability culture on campus. Will introduced the first University of Mississippi Green Fund legislation as a freshman ASB Senator and negotiated the UMGF’s implementation with administration. He has continued his work with the UMGF by serving as a student representative on the UMGF committee, Outreach Coordinator for the UMGF committee, and as project liaison for the successful pilot composting program.  As Students for a Green Campus Chairperson he led the group to be the top supporters and volunteers for the UMGF. During his summers, Will has worked as a student intern in the UM Office of Sustainability to improve the capacity of both the office and the UMGF. Will has also worked as a Wilderness Ranger for the nonprofit WildSouth to improve conservation in the MS Black Creek Wilderness and Leaf Wilderness Areas. Will’s service goes beyond the environment, however, as he has worked alongside Americorps VISTAs at the university to fight poverty and attended the alternate spring break service trip in 2014. After graduation Will intends to continue to champion institutional change aimed at improving environmental sustainability and reducing poverty by deciding between pursuing a Juris Doctorate in environmental law or a Ph.D. in Geography, a decision his parents hope he makes soon.

Lafayette County Project: Taught local food and nutrition classes and built a school garden in partnership with Good Food for Oxford Schools.

Jonestown Project: Led an environmental justice workshop and built a greenhouse.

Darrius Moore, Alpha Phi Omega

Darrius Moore photoI am a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi. I am an Exercise Science Major, with aspirations of pursuing and becoming a physical therapist. I am driven by hard work and determination (sometimes too much that I forget to have fun), because I enjoy the sense of accomplishment. I love to be of assistance to anyone I can. I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega (a national service fraternity), and in my spare time I love to watch television, sports, and relax.

Lafayette County Project: Volunteer in Pre-K classrooms at Mary Cathey Head Start Center and host an Active Challenge for Pre-K youth on the University of Mississippi campus.

Jonestown Project: Black History Month workshop featuring art projects and spoken word.

Gabrielle Vogt, Rebel Global Connections

Gabby Vogt photoHometown: New Orleans, LA
Majors: Spanish and Secondary Education English
High School: Mount Carmel Academy
Student Organizations: Rebel Global Connections, Catholic Campus Ministry, and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program and Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College
Participated in various service projects in high school including Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, East Jefferson General Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network.

Lafayette County Project: 5 week Spanish for Kids classes at the Lafayette County/Oxford Public Library.

Jonestown Project: Painted a world map mural on Main Street.