Park University Student Honored for Work with Refugee Settlers in Kansas City

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Bailey PuckettMarch 26, 2014 — Bailey Puckett, a Park University sophomore majoring in political science/international politics, has been selected as a Campus Compact 2014 Newman Civic Fellow. The award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing their communities throughout the country.

Puckett, a St. Joseph, Mo., resident and Platte County (Mo.) High School graduate, is a member of the Honors Academy at Park. She is a cultural orientation intern with Jewish Vocational Services in Kansas City, Mo., where she teaches cultural orientation courses and assists clients to learn the use of public transportation. Puckett has served refugees from countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Iraq and Somalia. She began her service as part of an Honors Academy service-learning requirement, but continued her work voluntarily.

One of Puckett’s notable accomplishments was creating a brochure that educates communities where refugees live about their challenges and the unique cultural benefits they offer. Her future research goals include comparing resources required for refugee relocation to data representing economic and social benefits of relocation. Puckett hopes that through her research and service, others will appreciate the courage and determination of those willing to invest themselves in U.S. culture.

Through service, research and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

For more information on the Newman Civic Fellows Award visit