Poverty and Homelessness Week is planned and overseen by a committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and non-Centre Community organizers. Members for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Dr. Rick Axtell, Poverty and Homelessness Week Faculty Director

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Rick Axtell is Stodghill Professor or Religion and College Chaplain since 1995.  Concerned about issues of hunger and homelessness, he has served as director of Louisville United Against Hunger and also was a case manager working with homeless men through the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Axtell’s travels in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Serbia, and Thailand have informed his teaching on issues of hunger, human trafficking, sustainable development, and peacemaking. In 2006, he taught in the UNESCO International M.A. Program in Peace and Development Studies at Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain.

Recent research includes employment trends for day laborers in Louisville’s homeless population and interviews with public housing residents who were relocated in Louisville’s HOPE VI housing redevelopment. He is the co-author of The Other Side of HOPE: Squandering Social Capital in Louisville’s HOPE VI, published in Journal of Poverty in 2015. Axtell is also the co-editor of Ethics as if Jesus Mattered: Essays in Honor of Glen H. Stassen (Smyth & Helwys, 2015). Axtell has also studied liberation theology and religion and violence in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. His articles on the topic of religion and violence have appeared in the Encyclopedia of Religion and War and The Merton Annual.


Landy Lin, Poverty and Homelessness Week Committee Chair 

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I am a junior from Louisville, Kentucky with a possible major in Behavioral Neuroscience. I have always been passionate about the topic of poverty and am very excited to be able to join this committee  to explore it further, and right at home. I wanted to become involved because this is a great opportunity for first years at Centre College, and allows me to connect more with the rest of Kentucky.


Anna Bushong, Student Committee Member

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I am a Centre sophomore with an intended major of biology and anthropology/sociology. I am also Bonner Scholar that has been primarily focusing on food security and poverty this past year through my bonner service site, Grace Cafe. Poverty and Homelessness Week is a great opportunity for students and community members to grapple with the complex web of issues that encroach daily into the lives of individuals experiencing poverty. Understanding is the first step towards motivated action and this week can act as a launching pad for those that choose to connect. That is why I wanted to be involved in this week and hope others dive in with us.


Lyric Hyde, Student Committee Member

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I am a sophomore at Centre College and I am from Campbellsville, KY. I intend to double major in English and History with a minor in Film Studies. One improbable fact about me is that I read tarot cards. I am excited to be a part of the global sub-committee for this year’s Poverty and Homelessness Week.


Princess Allotey, Student Committee Member

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Princess Allotey is a senior at Centre College. She is double majoring in Mathematics and Data Science and minoring in Education. Princess is an international student from Tema, Ghana. As a member of the Poverty and Homlessness Committee she has had the opportunity to take part in discourse on issues of poverty and homelessness in the US and beyond.


Hawah Massaquoi, Student Committee Member

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Hawah Massaquoi is a second-year Bonner Scholar at Centre College. She is from Lexington, Kentucky. Hawah is majoring in International Studies and minoring in French and Social Justice. She is a member of the local sub-committee.


Emmy Greene, Student Committee Member

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Emmy Greene is a sophomore from Sandy Hook, Kentucky. She intends to major in Anthropology/Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Emmy is a Bonner Leader and she is passionate about food security and environmental justice. She is a member of the Global subcommittee.


Dr. Amy Frederick, Faculty Committee Member

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Dr. Amy Frederick is an assistant professor of Art History who has been on Centre’s campus for the last four years, teaching a variety of Art History and Humanities courses and serving as a research adviser for a variety of initiatives at Centre, from Centre’s prestigious John C. Young Fellowship to summer research on Rembrandt van Rijn. Dr. Frederick was a mentor for the the first year of Centre’s Creative Thinking Immersion Program (CTIP), where she served as primary adviser for three students on a project of their own design looking into the cultural, economic, and environmental development and changes of Eastern Kentucky in the face of the decline of the traditional coal economy. Additionally, she teaches a course at Centre on the history and methods of Art, Craft, and Design, with Appalachian art and its role in the development of Berea College playing a significant role in the curriculum. A native of Kentucky, she is passionate about how new economic models (art, tourism, sustainable small farms) might benefit her beloved state.


Cynthia Nieto, Student Committee Member

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Cynthia Nieto is a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. She is in the local subcommittee for this year’s Poverty and Homelessness week. Cynthia plans to major in Behavioral Neuroscience and minor in Gender Studies. She is also a Bonner Scholar primarily focused on child development and education through her Bonner service sites: The Gladys Project and Centre’s After School Program. When Cynthia is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her two nieces and three nephews.


Gloria Lwin, Student Committee Member

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Gloria Lwin is a first year student at Centre College from Owensboro, Kentucky. It is also her first year in the Bonner Program and in the Poverty and Homelessness Committee. Gloria’s intended major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Pre-Medicine track. She has always been passionate about advocating against poverty and homelessness, but she was never sure where to start. Gloria joined the committee in hopes that she can be more knowledgeable in the matter and inform her peers about what she learns through this committee.


Hanna Montalvo, Poverty and Homelessness Week Committee Member

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Hanna Montalvo is a sophomore from Louisville, KY. Her intended major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, on a pre-med track. Hanna is a Bonner Leader who is interested in accessible healthcare and early childhood education. She is looking forward to learning and cultivating knowledge about this year’s topic and helping to spread awareness on Centre’s campus.


Andrew Patrick, Faculty/Staff Committee Member

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Dr. Andrew Patrick earned his MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky in American History after completing a BA in History and Philosophy at Centre College in 2009. Now back at his alma mater, Andrew provides pedagogical and administrative support for experiential learning initiatives and practices across campus, including community-based learning, academic internships, and undergraduate research. He is also a member of the History faculty and teaches courses that emphasize experiential learning within the discipline such as Public History and Landscape History.

A Texan by birth, Andrew fell in love with the Bluegrass landscape during his undergraduate years at Centre. This eventually led to his doctoral research on the historical roots of the modern agricultural landscape of Central Kentucky. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with his young son.


Bailey Tock, Student Committee Member

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Bailey Tock is a sophomore from Paris, KY.  She does not currently have an intended major, but finds the field of Classics fascinating.  Bailey loves learning, as well as facilitating others’ educational experiences.  Through her involvement with the Poverty and Homelessness Committee, Bailey hopes to spread awareness of these social issues as well as broaden her own horizons.


Jessica Weasner, Staff Committee Member

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Jessie joined the student life staff at Centre College in October of 2018.  She oversees community service programming and the Bonner program.  Jessie earned her undergraduate degrees in religious studies and sociology from Bowling Green State University and her master of theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in Miami University’s Student Affairs in Higher Education program.  Her dissertation focuses on civic education and explores how colleges and universities prepare students to be active and informed citizens in our democracy. Jessie is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and is passionate about social justice, civic engagement and animal welfare.


Mindy Wilson, Staff Committee Member

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Mindy Wilson is the Associate Director for the Center for Career & Professional Development. She coordinates Centre’s internship programs as well as provides comprehensive career counseling to humanities students and alumni. She is the co-chair of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty and a member of the Social Justice minor committee at Centre. Prior to working at Centre, Mindy worked in social work with foster care teenagers and has served on several local non-profit boards.  She currently serves as a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty’s governing board.

Interested in joining next year’s committee? Email Landy Lin at landy.lin@centre.edu