When she was a student at South View High School back in 2013, Alicia Williams had a bit of involvement in community service organizations, but nothing exceptional.
Since she became a student at Fayetteville State University, however, that has changed dramatically, so much so that other people have taken notice.
Her work for various community-related projects recently earned her statewide recognition as one of 23 North Carolina college students chosen to be recognized by North Carolina Campus Compact.
The statewide organization is a network of colleges and universities committed to seeing students become involved in civic-minded activities.
Williams, who transferred to Fayetteville State from Raleigh’s St. Augustine’s a little over three years ago, has immersed herself in a variety of civic-minded organizations and activities.
She is a certified peer health educator, wellness ambassador, orientation leader and member of the national Pan-Hellenic Council.
She is a volunteer coordinator for Fayetteville State’s Campus Kitchen Project, which promotes good nutritional choices for college students.
She is co-chair for the 2018 Fayetteville-Cumberland County CROP Hunger Walk.
This past semester, Williams won a grant from Youth Service America to help the fund backpack program at a local elementary school.
She traveled to Winston-Salem State last month where she joined this year’s other award winners to be recognized and attend a conference with some 230 students and staff members from 28 schools in the network.
A senior sociology major, Williams feels community service fits in with her chosen major. “I want to work with college students, become a professor, academic adviser or work with student affairs,’’ she said.
While Williams realizes all the community work she’s doing will look good on a resume when she’s seeking employment, she stressed that’s not why she does it.
“I do it because I love giving back,’’ she said. “I love seeing people’s faces change, changing a life. You never know what kind of situation people are going through, especially during this time of year (the holiday season).”
For those who might be considering giving some time and effort to supporting a community-related group or project, Williams offered some simple advice. “Be humble and stay humble,’’ she said. “Don’t just do it because you have to for your organization, do it because you love to.’’