Meredith College recently welcomed Stacy Pardue back to campus to serve as Chaplain. Pardue previously served in the role from 2010-16 before moving to Athens, Georgia, to pursue non-profit and ministry work.
During her first tenure at Meredith, Pardue helped organize a number of community engagement projects, including The Children’s Collaborative of Wake County, Angels against Human Trafficking, Sisters United, Triple S: Sisters Supporting Sisters, The Campus Kitchens Project, and four international service trips.
Pardue has some fresh initiatives planned to support the current needs of the College, specifically surrounding the pandemic, anti-racism, and interfaith dialogue. She also plans to continue fostering community engagement through some new partnerships.
First and foremost, Pardue is focused on providing chapel support services to students, faculty, and staff. Virtual Zoom appointments can be scheduled via email and socially distanced, in person meetings are available on Mondays by appointment as well. There will also be an opportunity to join a virtual support group for those affected in any way by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My primary role is to offer support to the campus. I hope that those of all faith traditions, and those who are non-religious, will reach out to me,” said Pardue.
To continue the tradition of holding a moment of reflection on campus during the 10 a.m. hour, Pardue will be sharing ten minute uplifting videos on three themes: The
Wonders of Nature, Creative Service, and The Beauty of Music. “I hope these will be fun and add a smile and calmness to the day ahead,” she said.
Regarding new community engagement initiatives, Pardue will be capitalizing on her partnership with Passage Home, a Raleigh non-profit that works to break the cycle of poverty. “I have a consulting job with Passage and look forward to educating Meredith on their good efforts,” Pardue said.
One of the organization’s programs, called REACH, supports homeless families. Pardue plans to start a research-based mentorship program for REACH that she will introduce to Meredith in the spring. “Partnering with a Boston-based non-profit called Mentorhub, the program is skill-focused and utilizes apps such as Khan Academy, Intellicare, SuperBetter, and Headspace,” she said. “The REACH homeless children andyouth will be matched with a graduate or undergraduate student from a number of the colleges and universities in the area, including Meredith.”
Pardue is excited to be back at Meredith, supporting the campus in new and familiar ways. “I am passionate about community engagement and know that this passion matches Meredith’s values,” she said.
“Since I was at Meredith before, the campus feels like “home” and is a unique place in so many ways, with a culture that draws you in and calls you family.”