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Thompson named Campus Engagement and Leadership’s Student of the Month

Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson has been named Campus Engagement and Leadership's Student of the Month for January at UNC Pembroke.

The student spotlight program was created to celebrate the impact their student workers have on the success of the department and the programs it hosts. Each month the department nominates and selects students who meet the standards of commitment to the office, personal responsibility and accountability, and passion for everyday leadership.

Thompson, a junior majoring in social work with a minor in Spanish, is from Winston-Salem, and currently serves as a LEAD Fellow through the office.

LEAD Fellows are well-trained peer leadership educators who facilitate leadership-based workshops for students, student organizations and in classroom settings. LEAD Fellows provide a process for peer-to-peer education and focus on programs that engage students with a variety of abilities and engagement levels, with appropriately designed opportunities to develop their leadership capacity.

Thompson also serves as a conference liaison where she supports the many conferences sponsored by Campus Engagement and Leadership. She joined the team in 2016 as a member of the Leadership Living Learning Community cohort.

Thompson has contributed to the planning and execution of the Empower Student Leader Conference (August 2018), the Diversity and Leadership Conference (January 2019) and is currently helping with the iNSPIRE Conference (January 2019).

Associate Director of Campus Engagement and Leadership Bethany Wendler celebrated Thompson saying, “Emily has been connected with our office since her first year on campus. Since then she has been a dedicated and reliable LEAD Fellow, and an absolute pleasure to work with. She is always willing to give her time to help with any aspect of the conference planning process.”

Wendler continued, “Emily takes pride in the work she produces, which not only reflects strongly on her character as a leader, but helps to make our office shine a little brighter because of her contributions, especially considering she is not compensated financially.”

CEL’s mission is to provide meaningful co- and extra-curricular developmental and educational opportunities for students in a values-based and student-centered environment, and is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. To learn more about CEL, visit or follow the department on social media.