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Young Alumna Supports Disability Services

By Emily Parker

Young Alumna Supports Disability Services

By Emily Parker

Katie Thompson, ’21, graduated a year and a half ago, but her gift each month to Meredith College is still making an impact for students who use the Disability Services office on campus.

Thompson feels giving to Meredith College allows her to support more opportunities for current and future students. Designating her gift to Disability Services was important to her since she used their assistance during her time at Meredith.

“I see the importance of allowing students to receive what I did and benefit, too. I want to make sure that every student has equal access and opportunity to succeed both in and out of the classroom while at Meredith,” said Thompson. 

Cammey Cole Manning, professor of mathematics and department head, was an inspiration for Thompson. Manning always demonstrated how much she believed in Thompson, her classmates, and the Meredith community.

“She always put her students and former students first along with giving back to the community. Bringing people together and giving back to others was something she regularly did and that inspires me every day,” said Thompson.

Seeing that level of commitment from her professors encouraged her. As a mathematics major with minors in data science, statistics, and website development who was in the Honors Program, Thompson had many connections throughout the campus.

“I find it extremely important to give thanks to those who helped me along the way to get me to where I am today. There were many folks at Meredith who did that for me!”

Thompson is grateful she toured Meredith College in high school and started to build connections as soon as she stepped onto campus. She was able to visit with a friend and current student she met years before at a local acting camp. After applying, she attended Scholars Weekend to interview for the Honors Program and met some of her first Meredith friends. Thompson continues to serve as the alumnae representative for the Honors Program.

“I had an amazing time at Meredith College and giving back to support student success is important to me.”

Today, Thompson works at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI), a government consulting firm located in the Washington, D.C., area, as a data analyst in both the defense and healthcare sectors.

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