Campus Compact is a national organization committed to advancing community service in higher education. Through the Newman Civic Fellowship, students are provided with training and resources to help them develop strategies for social change.
That’s something Smalls has been advocating for since she came to Ithaca College as a Martin Luther King Scholar. Smalls says that through her experiences as an MLK Scholar, she has gained an in-depth understanding of how war, poverty and racism impact inequality in a community. As such, King’s use of a “radical form of love” to seek change is something she seeks to do in her various leadership ventures.
“It is not my position to deify Dr. King,” Smalls said. “But continue his mission, and in doing so, open up inclusivity for all communities.”