Golini ’14 Receives National Honor for Civic Engagement

goliniCommunity service and social justice have always been important to Alec Golini ’14. His efforts to support Easton residents living in poverty have been recognized by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents promoting campus-initiated civic engagement.

Golini received the coalition’s Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors student leaders who, through service, research, and advocacy, are finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

A government and law graduate, Golini is a records analyst at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, with plans to become a civil rights lawyer.

A member of the men’s soccer team as an undergraduate, Golini founded Athletes C.A.R.E. (Creating Abundant Relief Effort) in 2012. The nonprofit engages athletes and young people in community service projects that better the lives of the poor, hungry, and homeless.

The organization now has branches on three other campuses and has raised more than $30,000 for local agencies that provide housing, food, case-management services, and rent and utilities assistance. It also hosts free youth soccer and basketball clinics in which participants donate canned goods to local shelters.

The success of Athletes C.A.R.E. led Golini to team with Deborah Byrd, professor of English and a board member of Easton Area Neighborhood Center. Together with Fredy Flores ’14, Brandon Turner ’14, and Deja Washington ’14, they produced “A Roof Over Our Heads,” a documentary featuring residents of the center’s Roofover homeless shelter, and a photo narrative book about the center’s ASPIRE mentoring and support program for pregnant and parenting teens.

A member of Oaks Leadership Academy, Golini was chosen to attend the Naval Academy Leadership Conference in 2013 and was the recipient of the Patriot League Outstanding Leadership and Character Award in 2012.

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