Britt Taylor, a senior anthropology major, is being recognized with a 2012 Community Impact Award for his service work. Taylor is one of 17 students from across the state honored for their significant, inventive efforts to solve local community needs by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of the state's college campuses that fosters campus/community engagement.
"Britt believes in the power of working together to get things done for others," says Mike Giancola, associate vice provost for NC State's student leadership and engagement efforts. "He has demonstrated through his many campus and community involvement that service to others is an important part of the NC State experience."
When Taylor helped lead an NC State alternative break service trip to Italy, his group discussed food insecurity issues with United Nations officials. Taylor returned to campus determined to become more involved in community service, especially around hunger."If I could change one thing about the world, it would be world hunger," says Taylor. "It's an atrocity that should not exist. We have the means to eradicate it from our society."
He became certified as one of Stop Hunger Now's event facilitators, enabling him to supervise meal packaging events and train volunteers. He currently serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of Communication's Nonprofit Leadership and Development class. He has interned with NCSU’s Center for Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS), and served as a member of the Impact Leadership Village. Taylor is currently president of NC State's Delta Upsilon International Fraternity that centers around service and leadership development.
"Britt's involvement in Delta Upsilon, the leadership positions he's held within CSLEPS and his work with Stop Hunger Now are excellent examples of the balance between academics, leadership and service that we expect of our students," says Giancola.
While Taylor's achievements are celebrated across the university and the community, he says he simply wants to show others the impact they can have on the world. "Motivating others to act is the only way we are going to be able to solve the problems facing our world," he says.
By Kristie Demers, CHASS Communication Intern