• October 19th, 2022

October 2022 Honors College Student of the Month

Kaila Pouncy

Home College: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science

Hometown: Riverdale, GA

Honors College Involvement: University Honors Programs, Honors Year One Mentor (“My sophomore year, I served as an Honors Year-One Mentor where I facilitated weekly small group discussions to assist freshmen students in developing an awareness of the Honors College, the university, and the greater community by providing advice and practicing the key concepts of engaged scholarship, including critical and creative thinking, ethical and empathetic dialogue, and collaborative and inclusive leadership,” said Pouncy.)

University and Community Involvement: LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE: Founder/President, Tide Against Time, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, December 2021–Present Student Government Association, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Associate Justice, Education Committee Chairperson, Judicial Board | March 2021–Present Judicial Clerk, Judicial Board | March 2020–March 2021 Councilor, First Year Council | August 2019–March 2020 Women and Gender Resource Center, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL Ambassador | August 2022–Present Student Leadership Council President, Vice-President | March 2021–April 2022, March 2020–March 2021 The Lambda Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL First Vice-President | April 2022–Present Social Action Committee Chair | April 2021–April 2022 Mock Attorney, D Team Captain, The University of Alabama Mock Trial Association, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, September 2020–September 2022 COMMUNITY WORK Court/Medical Advocate, Tuscaloosa SAFE Center, Tuscaloosa, AL, February 2021–Present Student Advocacy Fellow, Alabama Possible, National College Attainment Network, November 2020–July 2021 – currently continuing advocacy with organizations by sharing student story of reliance on financial aid to increase access to higher education – Spoke @ NCAN National Conference Closing Plenary on 9/14/2022 Honors Year-One Mentor, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, January 2021–May 2021

WORK EXPERIENCE Remote Intern, Alabama Appleseed, Montgomery, AL, September 2022–Present Campus Impact Manager, Bumble, Inc.,The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, August 2022–Present Ambassador, Samsung Mobile US, Youth Marketing Connection, The University of Alabama, August 2022–Present Birmingham Fellow, IGNITE National, Birmingham, AL, January 2022–Present Congressional Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Washington, D.C., May 2022–July 2022 Resident Advisor, Presidential Village I, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, July 2021–May 2022 Judicial Intern, Chief Judge L. Scott Coogler, United States District Court, Tuscaloosa, AL, June 2021–July 2021 Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Mobilizer, Jon Ossoff for Senate, Atlanta, GA, December 2020–January 2021 – Featured in The Guardian for work

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Contributing Writer – Alice Magazine, The Crimson White, Marr’s Field Journal **Honors include:** President’s List: Spring 2022, Spring 2020 Dean’s List: Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019 Student Member – Carl A. Elliott Society; a Community Service Based University Wide Honorary dedicated to social justice Member – The XXXI; Prestigious All women’s organization holding the top 31 outstanding female upperclassmen who have impacted the community in a substantial way The Don and Bobbie Siegal Scholarship Award – Blackburn Institute, August 2022 Outstanding Sophomore Award – College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board at The University of Alabama, April 2021 Academic Distinction Award (GPA Between 3.8-3.99) – Black Faculty and Staff Association, March 2021 Academic Excellence Award (GPA between 3.6-3.79) – Black Faculty and Student Association, February 2020

Why Honors?

I enjoy the Honors College because of its dedication to personal development, community building, and creating a diverse world of scholars. I sincerely appreciate that the curriculum is deeply rooted in increasing our awareness of the world and those with whom we share it.


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