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ACC Among Four NC Colleges to Pilot Student Dialogue Ambassador Program

(September 14, 2022) – Alamance Community College has been selected as one of four schools in North Carolina to serve as a pilot host site for the inaugural NC Student Dialogue Ambassadors (SDA) program.

ACC joins Elon University, NC Central University and UNC-Pembroke as participating campuses. Two students from each institution will be selected to serve as Student Dialogue Ambassadors. Along with their faculty or staff mentor, each student will receive training this fall in four dialogue methods.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and ACC,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, Vice President of Instruction. “I am excited about the difference this can make at ACC and for our students as they complete courses here and transfer to a four-year institution.”

Upon completion of the training, each school will receive a $500 activity fund to support spring 2023 dialogue activities, at which time the Ambassadors will facilitate multiple dialogues on their respective campuses. Upon completion, each student ambassador will receive a $1,000 stipend. Selected students are required to have at least 30 credits completed and be in the second year of their program.

Each college is responsible for identifying a staff or faculty mentor to support the students. NC Student Dialogue Ambassadors program will cover all costs associated with training.

“We are collectively trying to bring service learning, civic engagement, and volunteering across the campus,” said English instructor Julie Trotter.

Trotter and Jennifer Mock, Director of Academic and Career Readiness, co-chair the Community Engagement committee, which was the conduit to apply for the program.

“Anytime we can help level the playing field for our college transfer students is a good day,” said Mock.

The NC Student Dialogue Ambassadors initiative is part of NC Campus Engagement’s NC Collegiate Citizenship Project with funding provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.