Megan Davis, a junior at Berea College, is a dynamic and dedicated student leader who uses her skills and knowledge to engage those around her in proactive work to drive social change. For two years, Megan has worked with the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) as a team member of People Who Care, a student-led service group that focuses on service and advocacy projects in partnership with local, regional, and national non-profit and social change organizations. Megan plans and implements service, education, and advocacy programming, all in partnership with community-based or social justice organizations, on topics like mass incarceration, food access in rural communities, and immigration. Megan has demonstrated a desire to come to terms with systemic causes of poverty, as well as a commitment to use education to raise awareness and ultimately to develop strategies to change these systems. Megan has reflected, “From my time at Berea College, I have discovered my passion for social justice. I have come to learn that poverty is a form of oppression, one that impacts people of all ages, races, and genders. Combatting oppression is what I see as a duty of all people.”
President, Berea College
My passion for social justice has been fostered through my labor position in the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) with People Who Care, a social justice organization. With People Who Care, I work to educate my campus on different social justice issues, coordinate volunteer trips for fellow Berea students, and plan events to raise awareness for local, national, and international organizations. During my time at Berea College, I have volunteered with Berea Teen Mentoring, Adopt-a-Grandparent, and Habitat for Humanity, and completed an internship with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program administered by Grow Appalachia. I am also an officer in a student organization, Fighting for Equal Education, known as F.E.E. This group is made up of DACA students and allies advocating for immigrant rights and the human right to education. I think that social issues should be addressed with education, policy change, and advocating through sharing personal narratives. My future goals include obtaining a master’s degree in social work, advocating for immigrants and refugees, and working with the elderly.
Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Studies & Nutrition and Food Studies, Peace and Social Justice minor: Class of May 2018