Warren Wilson College student honored for outstanding leadership and service

November 24, 2015
Warren Wilson College junior Melvis Madrigal is one of only 21 students awarded the North Carolina Campus Compact Community (NCCC) Impact Award.
Warren Wilson College junior Melvis Madrigal is one of only 21 students awarded the North Carolina Campus Compact Community (NCCC) Impact Award. Photo: North Carolina Campus Compact

Warren Wilson College junior Melvis Madrigal is one of only 21 students awarded the North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC) Community  Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and service. Madrigal joins more than 200 college students honored by NCCC, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement, since 2006.

As a member of the service learning work crew at Warren Wilson College, Madrigal serves as a mentor and program coordinator for the M.A.N.O.S. (Mentoring and Nurturing Our Students) Latino youth mentoring program. This program offers Warren Wilson students the opportunity to mentor Latino students in Buncombe County Schools.

“The most rewarding thing is knowing that you made an impact on someone else’s life, whether that was one thing you said, one thing you did or an activity the group did together that will change how they see things from there on out,” said Madrigal. “What I want is to be an example, so that [M.A.N.O.S. students] can look up to me and think: well if he did it, then so can I.”

Madrigal, a biochemistry major with plans to attend medical school, led a service trip to Georgia where he and classmates focused on immigration issues. He was a key member of the committee that brought journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas to campus in 2015, and he coordinates various service opportunities for students as the College’s issue area coordinator for race and immigration. Through this work, he sets goals to enhance the M.A.N.O.S. mentoring programs and Warren Wilson College’s community engagement.

As part of the Bonners Leaders Program, a national civic engagement program that provides leadership development opportunities in the community, Madrigal “mentors and advises other Bonner Leaders as they develop direct service and educational programming,” according to Shuli Archer, Warren Wilson College director of student engagement. “He has been particularly impactful by integrating feedback into his peer mentoring relationships, giving feedback to other Bonners and seeking out suggestions from them on how to make his work even more significant,” she said.

Madrigal and other Community Impact Award winners were honored at the NCCC’s annual student conference Nov. 7, 2015, at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His award comes months after Warren Wilson College professor Annie Jonas, Ed.D., Chair of the education department, became the inaugural NCCC Engaged Faculty Scholar, which affords her the opportunity to work with faculty to incorporate civic engagement through service-learning in first-year seminar courses and community partnerships. In addition, she will serve as a consultant supporting faculty engagement at another institution in the NCCC network.

Warren Wilson College is a founding member of NCCC, which now includes 36 public, private and community colleges and universities across the state. The national Campus Compact organization builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically engaged graduates and strengthen communities.

Story by Emma Luster ’16 and Kyle McCurry.