“Philip Hamilton is, in a word, involved,” says Associate Dean of Service Learning Franklin Tate. After graduating from high school, Philip took time to travel, serve and learn before bringing his knowledge and energy to Warren Wilson's Service Learning work crew.
Philip organizes academic service learning projects, manages service projects and leads a trip to a Spanish-speaking church on Sundays. He also participates in many Saturday and one-time service projects.
During the fall 2008 semester, Philip received the third annual North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award during a student conference held at High Point University. There, Philip was recognized for making significant, innovative contributions to address local community needs. In the spring semester, Philip travels to New Orleans with sociology professor Siti Kusujiarti to present a paper at a service-learning conference.
One of Philip’s major projects is the Homelessness Issue Workshop, which he coordinates with Warren Wilson staff members. Through organizing lectures, volunteering at local shelters and encouraging journaling and group reflections, Philip hopes the term-long workshop will be impactful for the Warren Wilson students involved. The final step will be advocacy—students will make a presentation to Asheville City Council on homelessness in Asheville.
Philip shines for reasons beyond his personal service endeavors. He serves as a quiet, gentle leader for the Warren Wilson community, encouraging others, especially males, to become involved in service.
“He sees the connection between performing service and learning,” says Michelle Kaiser, Interim Assistant Dean of Service-Learning. And he wants little more than for the rest of us to see that relationship, too.
—Laura Dison ‘10