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NCCU Senior Honored for Community Service

Neils Barringer

Neils Barringer, a senior food and nutrition major at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), was recently recognized for outstanding leadership and service by the North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement.

Barringer is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, which honors 23 student leaders at Community Compact member schools.

Barringer is being recognized for her efforts on behalf of food-related causes throughout the community. She was cited as a consistent service-leader, particularly through her work with NCCU’s Campus Food Pantry. As the pantry’s volunteer manager, she coordinates student volunteers and solicits assistance from community partners. Thanks in large part to her efforts, the pantry is able to provide assistance to 100 individuals each month.

Meanwhile, Barringer also serves as secretary of NCCU’s Student Nutrition Association and volunteers frequently with the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s nutrition education program, “Cooking Matters.”

Barringer and other Community Impact Award winners received their awards Nov. 18 at the annual Citizenship, Service Network and Partnership (CSNAP) Student Conference at Winston Salem University. The event convened more than 200 students and professionals from across the state. In addition to the awards presentation, the conference provided training on community engagement topics and presentations from members of the public service sector.

The North Carolina Campus Compact is the state affiliate of the National Campus Compact Organization, designed to support colleges and universities in producing civically engaged graduates and strengthening communities. NCCU is a founding member of the North Carolina network, which was established in 2002 at Elon University and now includes 36 private and public community college and university members. More than 200 college students have been honored with the Community Impact Award since 2006.

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