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Commencement Profiles

Chantal Hamlin '07 (College of Arts and Sciences)
Follow the Leader

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Are some people born leaders, or is leadership a quality developed through hard work and determination? Evidence for both is seen in Brooklyn native Chantal Hamlin '07.

After falling in love with the inner workings of government as a high school student, Ms. Hamlin chose to attend Adelphi and major in political science.

Her talent for inspiring those around her blossomed as Ms. Hamlin helped to revitalize the defunct Adelphi chapter of Circle K International, the largest nonprofit collegiate organization in the world. Thanks to her leadership skills, Circle K won club of the year in 2006, an event Ms. Hamlin marks as her proudest accomplishment.

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"I felt like I had a fantastic group of e-board members and general members of Circle K who were enthusiastic and excited about making a difference," she said. "I was so happy that we as a club were given that distinction because we all have a lot of heart for community service."

During her time with Circle K, she and the club participated in the Diabetes Walk, the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, and lent a helping hand to the Ronald McDonald House, Momma’s House, and Operation Christmas Child.

Through her position as a Resident Assistant, Ms. Hamlin mentored fellow residential students. She also served as vice president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, as well as Adelphi’s Resident Students Association (RSA).

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In spring 2004, Ms. Hamlin leveraged her affiliation with RSA to become a residence hall liaison for Adelphi's newly formed V.O.T.E.R. Initiated by Adelphi students, V.O.T.E.R. set out to galvanize campus participation in the 2004 presidential election. By staging debates and organizing forums and registration drives for the student body, Ms. Hamlin and the entire V.O.T.E.R. team spurred more than 350 Adelphi students to fill out applications to vote that year.

At times forfeiting sleep, Ms. Hamlin maintained a 3.7 GPA while holding two campus jobs. A summer internship with the National Urban League led to an offer to stay on as a consultant and her role in securing a multi-million dollar grant for the nonprofit organization. After graduation, she plans to attend the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) and apply her legal skills and leadership savvy to a career in public service.

By Rachel Rohrs '07

Photos by Willson Lee
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