Ryan Greensfelder

University of Dayton

Ryan, a third-year student at the University of Dayton, is a servant leader addressing issues surrounding food and education access. As a Dayton Civic Scholar Ryan is committed to civic dialogue around empowering and uplifting communities and neighborhoods. For the last two years, Ryan has worked with Mission of Mary Farms in erecting growing spaces to address the food desert in the Dayton region. As well as creating learning spaces for further community engagement. Through servant leadership, Ryan has met the short term needs of organizations and fostered the seeds of community partnerships in the Dayton Community. Through education, Ryan improves the quality of life for residents of varying neighborhoods with the dignity and respect individuals deserve. Through his involvement in the classroom with native populations and in his role with housing and residence life, Ryan is an active ally and supports underserved students both on campus and in the community. Ryan believes in the University’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence and being an Anti-racist University, and strives to incorporate these principles into his daily life, his civic engagement, and his vocational path.

Eric Spina
University of Dayton

Personal Statement

My community engagement began with addressing issues of inequality in the Dayton region by volunteering at the Mission of Mary Farm (MOMF) first semester of freshman year. I began to understand underlying issues of housing policies that created barriers to access in several services from food to education. Sophomore year, I began to address this disparity in access to higher education by serving as a math tutor to prospective first-generation college students, with the Upward Bound program. Through this role, I learned no student lacks the capacity to learn and when treated with dignity, respect, and patience all students hold the capacity to succeed. In addressing food access issues, I have assisted in the construction of three urban greenhouses for MOMF. I have also made the commitment as the President of Epsilon Tau Pi, the Eagle Scout fraternity on campus, to collaborate on semester-long projects that expand MOMF's capacity to provide fresh healthy food for youth and adults alike and to deepen their understanding of food and the natural world to which we live. Currently, as a junior Dayton Civic Scholar, I am working with my cohort on our capstone community project, which we will develop and implement as seniors.

Ryan Greensfelder
Economics: Class of 22-May
written 2021

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Salma Yajaira Gómez Pineda, Universidad de Monterrey Daniel Khoshkepazi, University of Baltimore Mansi Seth, University of California Berkeley Emma Davis, University of Central Arkansas Victoria Orindas Corcino, University of Central Florida Sai Reddy, University of Cincinnati Areyana Janae-Andrea Proctor, University of Colorado Boulder Irene Soteriou, University of Connecticut Ryan Greensfelder, University of Dayton Nicole Kennedy, University of Delaware Jenny Truong, University of Denver Miguel Garcia, University of Houston-Downtown Courtney Washington, University of Illinois at Chicago Celena Zacchai, University of Maine at Augusta Brandon Reed, University Of Maine at Farmington Callie Jordan, University of Mary Washington Ayotomiwa Fashola, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Faith Davis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Gifty Kessie, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ian Malesiewski, University of Miami Isabella DeArmitt, University of Missouri-St. Louis Mia McKinney, University of Montana Allison Hrovat, University of Mount Union Vanessa Chavez Jurado, University of Nebraska at Omaha Lauren Martin, University of North Carolina Charlotte Justin Bray, University of North Georgia Jerrell Bates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlyn Cano, University of Notre Dame Anjali Mishra, University of Oregon Alisa Ghura, University of Pennsylvania Brianna Silva, University of Richmond Kapri Tulang-De Silva, University of San Diego Jada Curry, University of San Francisco Daniela Isaza, University of South Carolina Upstate Sophia Faacks, University of St. Thomas Hannah Beauchamp-Pope, University of Wisconsin Green Bay Beth Allen, University of Wisconsin-Madison Alisson Anguiano Salas, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Jessica Smith, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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