Iowa State University Student Selected for Oxfam America Initiative

July 16th, 2013

AMES, Iowa— An Iowa State University student is one of 50 nationwide to be selected for Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative to provide relief against hunger and poverty.

Rebecca Chamberlin of Windsor Heights, Iowa, is a junior majoring in global resource systems in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Oxfam America, an international development organization working in 90 countries, annually offers the Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative, which trains participants to be leaders who can work towards Oxfam’s mission to “right the wrongs of poverty, hunger and injustice.”

“It is such an honor for Rebecca to be selected as a CHANGE leader. She has the passion, enthusiasm and drive to make a difference in the world,” said Gail Nonnecke, who is Chamberlin’s academic advisor and a Morrill Professor in the Department of Horticulture who coordinates the global resource systems major. “Rebecca will have the chance to bring back to Iowa State's campus the new skills she'll develop at Oxfam America in leadership, advocacy, organization and communication. All of us at Iowa State are very proud of Rebecca and her dedication to helping others and know she will continue to contribute as a global citizen.”

The Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative selects its 50 college student participants through a competitive application process. Applicants must be a sophomore or junior at a U.S. college or university.

Before beginning their yearlong efforts, participants attend a one-week leadership and advocacy training program. Chamberlin will attend this year’s training July 20-26 in Quincy, Mass. For more information on the CHANGE Initiative, visit


Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, (515) 294-0037,

Christina Riessen, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communication Service, (515) 294-4319,