Six University of Southern Mississippi students recently attended
the American Humanics Management Institute Jan. 2-5 in Kansas City,
a three-day educational symposium for students enrolled in American
Humanics nonprofit management programs at college and university
campuses across the country.
Beenu Deuja, Jovonna Hart, Katrina Stewman, Jessica Wilson, and
Ronald Wood attended the institute, which serves as the capstone
academic experience leading to American Humanics certification in
nonprofit management. More than 75 colleges and universities from
across the United States and more than 30 corporations and national
nonprofit organizations were represented at the event.
Humanics Program at Southern Miss is a certificate program that
prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for entry-level
positions in nonprofit organizations. Southern Miss also offers
a professional track program for those in the field who are interested
in expanding their knowledge base and skill sets.
To attend the
conference, the students were required to raise the money needed
for registration, airfare, lodging, and meals. Over the last year,
American Humanics students engaged in a variety of fundraising activities,
such as holding a nonprofit career fair for Southern Miss students
interested in finding out more about the fast-growing nonprofit
part in a national dialogue that adds the voice of students to ongoing
national policy discussions, as well as meet nonprofit and student
leaders from all over the United States," said Beenu Deuja,
a graduate student in Economic Development. "I really got a
better sense of my role in the big picture."
president of the American Humanics Student Association at Southern
Miss, referred to the students attending the conference as "the
new generation of civic and nonprofit leaders."
Due to a partnership
between the Center for Community and Civic Engagement and the Office
of Community Service-Learning, Southern Miss became the first postsecondary
institution in Mississippi to affiliate with this national organization.
American Humanics will provide students at Southern Miss the opportunity
to learn the skills needed to become successful nonprofit professionals,
while simultaneously providing local nonprofit organizations valuable
resources through professional development opportunities and skilled
interns and graduates.
For more information
on how you can become involved or support the American Humanics
Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, contact the Office
of Community Service-Learning at (601) 266-5074.