AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University senior Devin Yeomans has been awarded an honorable mention for The President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award. Yeomans is a native of Montgomery majoring in nutrition and dietetics in the College of Human Sciences with a minor in hunger studies.
The announcement was made recently by “Stop Hunger Now” and the North Carolina State University Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service. Created to honor President Clinton for his commitment to humanitarian causes, especially his commitment to eradicating hunger, the award criteria is demonstrated leadership in the fight against hunger and a commitment to a life of service in the areas of hunger and poverty reduction.
Yeomans transferred to Auburn in the fall of 2011 and began her involvement with hunger awareness shortly after enrolling in a class led by Kate Thornton, director of Hunger and Sustainability Initiatives in the Hunger Solutions Institute.
“In my eight years of teaching at Auburn, Devin is the first student I have encountered who, once introduced to the immensity of the hunger problem, immediately, completely and radically transformed her entire life trajectory to marry her newfound passion with actionable career steps,” Thornton said. “She is an incredible student who has a bright future ahead of her. I am honored to have been a part of her journey.”
The Clinton Leadership Award has a lengthy two-step application process. First, Yeomans had to develop a three-minute video which detailed her vision for a world without hunger. After a panel of judges reviewed each video, five finalists from across the nation were selected. As a finalist, Yeomans had to write three essays addressing her involvement in the fight against hunger; her thoughts on the current state of hunger related policy and hunger relief; and her vision for continued efforts in the fight against hunger. The video can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/53198582.
“The application process for the Clinton award was an incredible experience in itself,” Yeomans said. “I was lucky to work with Dr. Paul Harris in the Honors College as he guided me through the application process and encouraged me to begin a journey of introspection to put down on paper what drives me and how I plan to address hunger in the future. I’m extremely fortunate to have received an unbelievable amount of support and encouragement from my mentors, Dr. Kate Thornton and Dr. Harriet Giles of the Hunger Solutions Institute. Their influence played a crucial part in discovering my life’s goals.”
Among her service activities, she has been involved with the Committee of 19, co-founded the Why Care? campaign and has actively volunteered at the Community Market. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Auburn’s Rural Sociology program and a career focused on creating community-based hunger solutions.
She will be formally recognized at the upcoming Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit in Kansas City in March.