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Thankful for the Giving

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday begins a season of giving and expressing gratitude. In that spirit, we are shining a light on just a few of the Hamline students working to strengthen our community both on and off campus.

Adelina Imamovic is the President of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society. The organization regularly coordinates volunteer events and Imamovic leads those efforts. Most recently, students were able to take a shift creating meals at Feed My Starving Children and spent time writing encouraging cards to patients in the children's hospital.

“I’m really thankful for all my friends,” said Imamovic, “and all of the professors who have given me lots of resources.”

Dieu Do helps Hamline students as a new student mentor and volunteers with children at Hamline Elementary School as a Hand-in Hand mentor.

This program, coordinated through the Hamline to Hamline collaboration in which Hamline students mentor elementary students for 45 minutes a week, focuses on life in college. Its purpose is to raise awareness about higher education and spark planning for life after high school among young children.

“Every university buddy gets a elementary buddy to look after and mentor,” explained Do. “It's really low commitment but the impact you make on that child is amazing.”

Do brings enthusiasm to her role as a new student mentor on campus too.

“I love helping Hamline students, even with little things like where do you go to find an advisor or big things like declaring majors,” Do said.

“There are so many ways to give back on campus through leadership roles,” Do noted. “I’m thankful for a lot of things when it comes to Hamline. I think the one I’m most thankful for is the community and the people; the people make it such a great campus.”

Ray Doss is the secretary of Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress, or HUSC, which serves the student community through scholarships and volunteering. He personally gave of his time on election day to drive students to the polls. He noted that Hamline students give back in a number of ways.

“I see people giving back with their voice. People will come to us and express different concerns they have on campus,” said Doss. “We see giving back as more than just our time, but also our energy and devotion toward certain issues.”

Emily Lincoln devotes her energy to a few issues on campus. She is an undergraduate student representative on the Diversity Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) and works on the Feed Your Brain initiative.

“(The initiative) is about food insecurity and about addressing housing insecurity among college students here,” said Lincoln.

Feed Your Brain was started by students who were inspired by their studies in sustainability, social justice and public health. Emily and her fellow leaders researched food insecurity at Hamline and created a program to address the issue. Their solutions include a monthly visit from the Keystone Foodmobile and the pop-up food pantries now held monthly near the Walker Loading Dock in the new Food Resource Room.

According to University Chaplain and Director of The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, the committee’s efforts have had a ripple effect at Hamline that includes meal plan options and the availability of emergency food cards through the Dean of Students' office.

“All of these efforts thread together a stronger community fabric,” said Victorin-Vangerud. “When students feel like they are cared for, supported, that they belong and can contribute to others' wellbeing, that is a way we live out our Wesleyan community values.”

Today and every day, we are grateful for those values and the Hamline students that live them.

Written by staff