Aline Abayo


Integrated Science
Agricultural Economics
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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2020 Community: Arapahoe

Focus: Economic and Community Development

The students will work on a variety of community and economic development projects. One goal is to connect local store fronts and homes with alumni and entrepreneurs. Students will also focus on a campaign to secure the passage of LB840 in the November election. Other projects will include building the new economic development organization through determining community and business needs, helping local businesses get an online presence, developing community marketing, and more.

Students: Aline AbayoMegan Tofflemire
Innovators: Angie Moore, Kate Warner

Why did you choose the Fellowship Program?

I was looking for new challenges and ways to develop myself as a problem solver, analytical thinker and a leader as well.

What do you hope to gain?

I hope to gain experience in working with different people and different cultures. I will develop myself as an inclusive leader and directly engage in solving current challenges in today’s communities.

Why is it important that students develop inclusive leadership development?

Considering the world’s rapid development and globalization, at some point, students will need inclusive leadership to work with people with different backgrounds and statuses to be the best they can be.

Why should students work in rural communities?

Rural communities are a big part of the world, especially in Nebraska. They have different backgrounds, skills and expectations. Also, rural communities have a lot of resources.

Why is it important students give back to Nebraska?

Personally, it is crucial for me to give back to Nebraska because the Nebraska community helped me to continue my journey as a student, a young scientist, and an innovator.

What new opportunities exist today to help move rural communities forward? What are your ideas?

Through community engagement, entrepreneurship and innovations, I am positive that rural communities will improve.