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Belmont College Students Attend Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit

St. Clairsville, OH (February 2, 2018) –  On November 17, 2017, Belmont students John Nice and Kara Baker were chosen through an application process to represent Belmont College at the Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit 2017. The leadership program offered an opportunity to raise awareness while encouraging students to engage in civic minded initiates in their Ohio communities. The goal is to inspire undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders throughout the State of Ohio.


The program encouraged students to consider issues that affect childhood poverty, including food security, inequities in education, and homelessness, while offering workshops, providing guest speakers such as Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, as well as Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund; and H. Luke Shaefer, co-author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, who facilitated  discussions to assist students on how best to approach and tackle the issues back home and throughout their regions in Ohio.


Students had to submit applications for acceptance to Sherrod Brown’s Office.  Each School was given the final decision to send up to four undergraduate representatives to attend from Ohio’s two-year and four-year public and private colleges, universities and regional campuses, along with a faculty member or administrator from each college. Professor Desiree Lyonette, ESQ accompanied the students on the trip representing Belmont College. The three discussed the day’s event and found the opportunity very valuable, and look forward to working through various opportunities to engage in making a change in our region.


According to Lyonette, “Following the event we brought along our friends and family members, to pass out Thanksgiving food boxes at The Bethlehem Apostolic Temple. While it may seem to be a small step to assist with poverty, the students engaged in making a difference within 24 hours of attending Propel Ohio Leadership Summit 2017! Belmont College students are stepping out to help improve the lives of others and are making a difference.”