Three Purdue University North Central students were among the students representing 23 colleges and universities across Indiana who attended the recent Campus Compact Civic Leadership Conference. PNC was a conference sponsor.
Students Greg Mohlke, PNC Student Government Association president and senior Elementary Education Student from Wanatah; Katheryn Orr, Student Government Association vice president and senior Accounting student from Valparaiso, and Ellyn Johansen a freshman Social Work student from Morgan Township, took part in the conference that brought student leaders together to develop common talking points and strategies and learn how issues that are important to the state of Indiana impact them and how they can be part of the discussion.
The students also had the opportunity to meet with state leaders in education and government to focus on the issues affecting higher education in Indiana. Mohlke had the opportunity to introduce guest speaker Purdue University President Mitch Daniels who post to the conference participants.
Mohlke commented, “We were able to see how change can happen at the state level when students and law makers work together.”
Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director Maggie Stevens said, “A gathering of this nature serves many purposes. Some students have never stepped foot in our state capitol or had a conversation with an elected official. Students will have the opportunity to connect with one another across institution type and location to share what is important to them and then begin to learn how they can become more engaged in the communities through action and advocacy.”
Indiana Campus Compact supports higher education’s efforts to develop students into well-informed, engaged citizens. By providing programs, services, and resources, ICC serves as a catalyst for campuses and communities to improve people’s lives through service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.