Elissa Miller is a double major in Communications and Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. The Gastonia, NC native was drawn to the Levine Scholars Program because of the scholarship’s focus on creating global citizens and giving back to the community. She completed her nonprofit internship with the organization Safe Alliance, assisting survivors of domestic violence with the obtention of restraining orders. Afterward, she continued to assist as a volunteer and organized a civic engagement project to create a mural at the nonprofit’s shelter. Beyond her studies and volunteer work, Elissa is also a writer and editor for the Arts and Entertainment section of the campus newspaper, Niner Times, and one of the founders of the student organization Sex Week UNC Charlotte. Over the course of three years, Sex Week UNC Charlotte organized over 60 events at the University under the umbrella of comprehensive sex education. Elissa presented on the organization’s contributions at the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference in 2019. She also utilized the opportunities to study abroad with the program, completing a spring semester studying abroad at Kingston University London and traveling to Stellenbosch, South Africa with the Levine Scholars Program for a summer semester. Elissa completed internships with the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and the Dan McCready for U.S. Congress campaign. “The Levine Scholars Program completely changed my life,” says Elissa. “I am so grateful to have been a part of a community of scholars that provided support for both my academic and extracurricular endeavors.” In the future, Elissa plans to take a gap year to work before pursuing post-graduate education.