The Center for Civic Engagement sought nominations from our community for students who are leading in their community through various forms of civic engagement (direct service, philanthropy/giving, activism/advocacy, etc.). The criteria for students is not based upon held leadership roles, but rather a devotion to social change and bettering their community. Read on to learn about the students being spotlighted this term.
Originally from Bend, Oregon, Brian Laird studied business administration and psychology here at Oregon State, graduating in 2013. Heavily involved as an undergraduate, Brian was happy to remain at OSU and transition into a faculty staff role.
While a student here, Brian was involved in student government and sustainability work. He served with the ASOSU Environmental Affairs task force and worked with the Student Sustainability Initiative for four years.He also served as the student fee board chair. Throughout his time as a Beaver, his understanding of the scope of sustainability broadened considerably to encompass environmental, social, and economic sustainability. He credits his work in higher education for helping him better understand the complexity of many social issues.
Brian currently works as the Welcome Desk Manager for Student Leadership and Involvement, and is also involved in the Corvallis community beyond campus. He is a member of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and he is a board member for the Northwest Institute for Community Enrichment (the NICE), which provides fiscal support for fledgling nonprofit organizations. Looking forward to the future, Brian is excited about the possibility of starting his own business, focusing directly on socially responsible entrepreneurship; he acknowledges the ongoing challenge of finding work that aligns directly with his values (while also paying the bills!).