UTSA Roadrunner of the Month is Charnelle Thompson

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UTSA student Charnelle Thompson

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(March 20, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Charnelle Thompson as Roadrunner of the Month for February 2013. Thompson was nominated by fellow UTSA student leaders Tanita Wiley and Justina Williams.

A UTSA senior studying mathematics, Thompson is from Houston, Texas, where she graduated from Lamar High School. With her degree in hand, she plans to help provide educational resources and opportunities in underserved areas of Houston, including working with youth empowerment and enrichment programs

As the president of Black Student Union, Thompson is an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. Last fall, she coordinated and led student efforts in the voter registration drive, which contributed to UTSA having the second highest voter turnout on a college campus in the nation. According to her nominators, "Charnelle exemplifies leadership on campus through her dedication, hard work and caring spirit."

Thompson recently worked closely with the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and the Black History Planning Committee to re-establish the Black Heritage Banquet. Her effort and determination helped the banquet sell a record number of tickets, book the guest speaker and implement a successful event.

"Leadership means inclusivity to me. Being a strong leader is not the ability to be followed by many, but it's what you are led by," said Thompson. "It's the ability to work with and for something that is far greater than you are. It's the role you play amongst the many other roles that are needed to adhere to the bigger picture."

The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions. Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community

>> Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.