A program about the experiences of a group of community college students who chanced to be in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake will be presented on the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Clifton Forge campus on Wednesday, March 11, beginning at noon in Moomaw Center, and broadcast live via compressed video at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista.
“Reflections on Haiti: Surviving the Earthquake in the course of a service project for Blue Ridge Community College Students” is the topic for the presentation by Rebecca Evans, faculty member and advisor to Enactus, a service organization at BRCC, and BRCC alumna Megan Samples, currently a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Both were with the group in Haiti during the earthquake. Evans will speak about the service learning projects that BRCC Enactus students have been working on since 2007. Samples will talk about the history of Haiti, and both will share their experiences during the earthquake.
Evans is an Associate Professor of Accounting and the Adviser to the BRCC Enactus Team. She received her B.S. Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Major and her Master of Science in Business Economics with an Accounting Concentration from Southern Connecticut State University. Evans is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University. After joining the faculty at BRCC in 2004 she founded the BRCC Enactus Team, which is ranked in the top 20 colleges and universities in the United States and the recipient of many awards recognizing their work in the community and across the globe. Evans started working in Haiti in 2007, bringing students to the island nation to implement service learning projects designed to create economic opportunity. She also has assisted students in developing projects in Ethiopia, Peru, and Kenya.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
Samples graduated from BRCC in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies and is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Social Justice Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Samples began working with the BRCC Enactus team in Haiti in the year 2009 and was in the country with Enactus adviser and mentor Rebecca Evans during the January 2010 earthquake. She returned to Haiti with Evans to continue working in earthquake effected communities in 2010, 2011, and again recently in January 2015. She has a strong interest in Caribbean and Latin American history and political affairs and intends on continuing her education through pursuing a law degree in Human Rights and International Law. She continues to work with the BRCC Enactus team with their Haiti projects as a member on their Business Advisory Board.
The presentation is open to the public and those who wish to participate may do so at either location. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact DSLCC Student Services at (540) 863-2828.