Maryville College students attend American Humanics conference

Nine American Humanics students from Maryville College participated in the American Humanics Management/Leadership Institute (AHMI), held Jan. 4-7 in Indianapolis. More than 1,000 American Humanics students, alumni, faculty, nonprofit executives and volunteers attended this educational symposium in nonprofit studies, making it the conference’s largest attendance in its 36-year history.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. Founded in 1948, American Humanics is affiliated with more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide, including Maryville College, and partners with more than 60 national nonprofit organizations, including March of Dimes, YMCA, and Girl Scouts of the USA.

AHMI is the capstone educational experience for college students earning AH Certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. It is a unique opportunity for AH students to network with nonprofit executives, participate in case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, attend workshops led by experts in nonprofit studies and participate in interviews for nonprofit professional positions. In addition, the Advanced Practitioner Seminar at AHMI provides programming for entry to mid-level nonprofit leaders as well as faculty and graduate students.

Maryville College AH Campus Director Cole Piper accompanied Maryville students Stephen Bouffioux, Cate Culbertson, Liz Embler, Atlee McSpadden, Bobby Nicholson, Ransford Sarfo, Gar Secrist, Ally Trest and Kelsey White.

Nicholson, a senior religion major at the college who has post-graduation plans to form his own nonprofit for Christian college students hoping to go into social services careers, said his experience at the AHMI reinforced his optimism regarding future goals.

“I was incredibly inspired, encouraged and helped by the staff of AHMI to realize that my future hopes of a nonprofit are a true possibility,” he said. “I realized the details of what I needed to do and who I need to become to make [my nonprofit] a reality.”

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