Faces of the CLC – Sierra Reed


“I’ve worked in the mayor’s office in Bloomington for the past year, and a lot of people who go into politics, especially younger people, don’t realize how important local government is. I have learned a lot. On the local level, it is so much more important because we feel it every day. If we don’t have a city government or a local government, then the trash doesn’t get picked up. Things like that, you know? It is just kind of amazing how many times we are contacted in a day for things around the city that need to be done. It’s really good because people are telling us things that need to be done instead of us just trying to guess.”

Sierra Reed

Civic Leaders Center Student

Major: Creative Writing in Sustainability and Politics Major

Faces of the CLC – Alex Frank


“Last semester, I was accepted into the Sustainability Scholars program, and I was matched with an atmospheric sciences professor to work on a research project of our choice. Right now, I’m using a supercomputer [pictured here with Alex] on campus called Big Red 2 to run a WRF model, which generates local forecasts. We’re hoping to use the data we obtain to improve water management on campus by helping various landscaping companies in Bloomington develop different watering techniques that are more sustainable. This work is really important to me because I love the environment and every little thing I can do to protect it means something.” –Alex Frank, Civic Leaders Center Student, Environmental Science Major, Chemistry Minor

Faces of the CLC – Emilee Brown


“Imagine walking into a huge room with hundreds upon hundreds of screaming college students who are super, super passionate about helping little kids. So as soon as you walk in the energy is incredible, and it is so inspiring when a bunch of young college kids make service a priority in their life. The fact that they decided they wanted to dedicate an entire weekend to something that is such a great cause. You spend some hours running around and singing and dancing and going crazy and then for a few more hours maybe you are hanging out with kids and interacting with them. They can paint your face and you can go on the blow-up toys with them. The kids are just so happy to be there. One of the kids told me that he looks forward to IUDM more than he looks forward to Christmas.”

Emilee Brown

Civic Leaders Center student

Majors:  Mathematics and Environmental Sustainability


Faces of the CLC – Reagan White


“I was born and raised in Bloomington, so I grew up with IU right in my backyard. My passion for community service and civic citizenship found its home in the Civic Leaders Center, where I’m surrounded by a diverse group of people who still share similar interests and values. As the daughter of a former elected official, I was raised knowing the importance of giving back to my community and the affect civic duty plays in our everyday lives. Being a part of this LLC has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and for that, I will be forever thankful.”

Reagan White

Civic Leaders Center student

Major: Elementary Education

Minors: Law & Public Policy and Human & Family Development

Faces of the CLC – Matt Woolf


“I grew up outside of Chicago, then moved and went to high school in Fishers, Indiana. I really enjoy living in the Civic Leaders Center and serving as the Council Chair. As Council Chair, I work with a team of executive officers to plan events for our LLC. I facilitate our meetings and represent the CLC in other meetings. It’s been a lot of fun so far and an experience that has made me feel like I’m at home.”

Matt Woolf

Civic Leaders Center student

CLC Executive Council: Council Chair

Major: Media Advertising

Minor: Sustainable Business

Faces of the CLC – Drew Ficociello


“I ran for the Director of Programming position because I love planning events and creating a united community for people. I’m so dedicated to the Civic Leaders Center because I have a deep aspiration to work in politics and be engaged politically with my peers. It’s the perfect combination of doing the things I love. I’ve been able to plan and manage election and debate watch parties for the LLC, and I think those are a favorite of the Civic Leaders.”

Drew Ficociello

Civic Leaders Center student

CLC Executive Council: Director of Programming

Major: Law and Public Policy

Faces of the CLC – Connor Randol


“Aside from my briscoe-kart days and the many other adventures I’ve had with the Civic Leaders, one of the greatest experiences I have had was working alongside Destiny Rescue, a nonprofit fighting to end child sexual exploitation and slavery. As a student advocate for the organization, I was able to lead a fundraiser at my high school, with the majority of the 200 students in my high school involved, that provided $18,000 of funding for the rescuing, rehabilitation and restoration, protection, and empowerment for 11 girls in Thailand.”

Connor Randol

Civic Leaders Center student

Major: Human Resource Management

Minor: Non-Profit Management