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Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic has generated social change as a university administrator and a community developer. She facilitates university service learning projects, community-based youth programs, and international learning initiatives. She has participated in international projects in Cuba, Jamaica, and Vancouver. She has been a Girl Scout troop leader for four years. She also mentored youth as a volunteer for People to People, Inc. Howard-Bostic has accompanied children in local tree plantings, supported food drives for animal shelters, and participated in recycling projects. Shepherd students accompany Howard-Bostic during service learning projects at Immanuel's House Soup Kitchen, Berkeley County Back Pack Program, and other local organizations. Howard-Bostic is also the first recipient of the Storer College Faculty Award, which honors Shepherd faculty for incorporating diversity and social justice in their classes.

Leader/Mentor: People to People, Inc. (Canada)

(11/2012-07/2013) Student Ambassador Program People to People, Inc., Leadership Ambassador Program, Spokane, WA 99224 - 46 delegates (elementary school); Canadian West Voyage (Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Kelowna, Banff); International travel, organizing meetings, collecting data reports, managing homework, fundraising assistance, and meeting summaries

Study Circles: Virginia Tech (Martinsville, VA)

(8/2005-12/2006) Local Government Planning Initiative VT Race and Social Policy Research Center, City of Martinsville Community Planning Collaborative, Martinsville, VA - Completed study circles mentoring classes to mentor community leaders using an urban planning curriculum on community development strategies; provided recommendations to the mayor of Martinsville, VA for the city of Martinsville’s master plan for community participation strategies

Girl Scouts of America #40160 Troop Leader (Hedgesville, WV)

(10/2012-present) Troop 40160 engages active experiences that foster life-long learning. Accompanied by their family members, our scouts serve food, clean, and meet new friends two Mondays per month at the Immanuel's House Soup Kitchen. The troop has also donated pet supplies to the Berkeley County Humane Society. The scouts are also sisters to their elderly sisters at the Shepherdstown's Living Center. The scouts read and spend special time with the senior residents. The troop has also prepared, decorated, and donated 75 hygiene kits for the Shenandoah Women Center in Martinsburg, WV.

Housing/Human Services Homelessness Survey (Martinsburg, WV)

(1/2014-present) Point-in-Time Homelessness Survey Department of Health and Human Services, Martinsburg, WV - Travel to designated sites, conduct interviews using a HUD survey instrument to assess homelessness, mental illness, substance use, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS

Service Learning Project: Immanuel's House (Martinsburg, WV)

(8/2013-present) Immanuel’s House Soup Kitchen, Martinsburg, WV - Lead students enrolled in General Sociology and Social Stratification in initiative to volunteer/serve food, clean the facility, and collect/distribute donations for the local shelter and women’s center

Arbor Day Tree Planting (Shepherdstown, WV)

(4/2015-present) Students, faculty, and community members plant 50 trees from Project CommuniTree. The Cacapon Institute donated tree kits and Shepherd’s Tree Committee matched the grant with in-kind donations of volunteer labor, use of university equipment, mulch, and materials needed to plant the trees.

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