Liz serves as the Community Engagement Director at the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation (Princeton, NJ), a national non-profit organization, and its network of 70+ colleges and universities across the United States who are working to advance campus-community engagement in higher education. In this role, she designs and manages initiatives for supporting Bonner Program campuses and works to advance the field.
Growing up as a rural, low-income Kentuckian, Liz was the recipient of the Corella & Bertram Bonner Scholarship which provided her access to higher education. In undergrad, she had transformative experiences studying abroad in Ghana, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Guatemala. After graduating, Liz worked as a Campus Organizer for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, a non-profit that trains college students in grassroots organizing tactics to tackle issues such as homelessness, renewable energy, and student debt.
Liz returned to Centre College serve as the Coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program and Community Service where she managed the four-year developmental cohort program and campus-wide community engagement initiatives. She also focused on curriculum change, helping to successfully develop a Social Justice Minor and served on the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty committee to develop social justice academic coursework and internships.
Liz completed a M.S. in Higher Education with concentrations in Administration & Leadership and Educational Policy from Drexel University in 2021. Her master’s thesis focused on understanding the pathways and barriers faced by community engagement professionals, drawing on and delving more deeply into the field’s scholarship to conduct a quantitative study. Liz also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Centre College. Liz enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and exploring new cultures and communities. Liz has traveled to thirty-two U.S. states, fifteen countries, and five continents.