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Campus Compact > Initiatives > Awards Programs > Newman Civic Fellows Award > The 2013 Newman Civic Fellows > Sonya Clairborne, Ivy Tech Community College- Lafayette


Sonya Clairborne, Ivy Tech Community College- Lafayette

Sonya Claiborne plans a May 2013 graduation from Ivy Tech Community College – Lafayette. Her keen leadership capabilities are demonstrated by the active roles she takes in student life at our college and in the community. As a student ambassador, Sonya has conducted campus tours for students and a variety of visitors to the college; represented Lafayette at the statewide-wide Ivy Tech Student Leadership Conference; and has participated in events sponsored by Tippy Connect, an organization for young professionals in Tippecanoe County, as one of our student representatives to the group. Sonya’s leadership talents are recognized and valued by her student peers in that they elected her president of the Student Government Association. Sonya possesses determination, passion and creativity – all of which are among the basic ingredients for a successful career in business and service to the community.

I have always had a drive to serve others and work for the common good. But I never fully realized that I could go beyond volunteerism--that my opinion and hard work could influence policy decisions. My views changed when I sat in the office of one of my legislators in Washington, DC."

-Amanda Coffin, University of Maine at Farmington, Campus Compact student leader