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De Leon among 14 graduate students across U.S. selected as PAGE Fellows

WKU’s Nadia De Leon has been selected as a member of the 2012–2013 Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows, a yearlong program of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA).

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Fourteen graduate students from across the country with a demonstrated commitment to publicly engaged scholarship and artistic practice were selected as PAGE Fellows.

De Leon is Community Engagement Coordinator at the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and directs efforts in service-learning, community partnerships, community-based research and multicultural programs.

“I am excited to be a PAGE Fellow because I am passionate about public engagement in higher education,” she said. “I hope I will gain much from being a PAGE Fellow for this academic year for my professional development and to bring back ideas and resources to our campus. I am also honored to be able to bring attention to some of WKU’s outstanding work in and commitment to community engagement.”

She is a graduate student in WKU’s educational leadership doctoral program with an emphasis in service-learning and multicultural affairs in higher education. For her dissertation, she is completing a study of the impact on students’ multicultural competence from participation in intensive multicultural service-learning through The $100 Solution™. De Leon is also adjunct faculty at the WKU departments of Folk Studies & Anthropology and Diversity & Community Studies. (Read more about her background at http://imaginingamerica.org/fg-item/nadia-de-leon/)

PAGE Fellows receive a travel stipend to attend Imagining America’s annual national conference, where they participate in a special half-day pre-conference summit organized by PAGE senior associates, alumni of the program. They also design and facilitate their own conference session to give all conference attendees insights into the issues facing graduate students and early-career scholars. Throughout the year, the PAGE Fellows pursue opportunities for collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects that align with IA’s national priorities.

“We have selected an incredible group of graduate students who link their on-the-ground work to issues of equity, engagement, and justice in higher education – all core to IA’s mission,” said Adam Bush, national PAGE director and doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. “The selection committee felt truly awed reading in the applications about the important work each student is undertaking.”

This week (Sept. 10-14), on the IA Blog, each Fellow will contribute a post to a PAGE Blog Salon on the changing landscape of higher education. The Fellows’ posts, drawn from their application essays to the PAGE program, respond to IA’s Foreseeable Futures paper by David Scobey, “Civic Engagement and the Copernican Moment,” and an essay collectively written by last year’s PAGE Fellows that probes Scobey’s piece.

Contact: Nadia De Leon, (270) 782-0966.

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