I take service to the university and society as a basic responsibility of all students and faculty, particularly in the fields of sociology and religion, which take civil society as a core topic of investigation. My service learning experience with a campus-community coalition as an undergraduate only served to reinforce that basic value.
I am treasurer for the Social Thought Student Group at Penn State University and past treasurer for the Progressive Student Coalition. As treasurer, I organized the successful solicitation of nearly $10,000 in funding for the 2015 Penn State Social Thought Conference, making its first year as a fully student-organized conference one of its most successful.
When I hit a bump in my own writing motivation, I created Social Thought Writing Month, now entering its third year as an annual challenge to write daily for a month that has drawn participants from 12 universities in 2 countries.
Until recently, I also served on the Graduate Council and Joint Graduate Curricular Committee at Penn State, as well as co-chairing the Graduate and Professional Student Association health insurance and parents & committed couples committees.
I have also held a variety of roles, paid and volunteer in congregations (ELCA Lutheran and United Methodist) and non-profit organizations and continue to preach occasionally and assist regularly in leading worship.