DIS Staff Honored for Volunteer Work at Roskilde Festival

Project Manager for the Science & Health Department, Stephanie Clemente, was one of five volunteers recognized as ‘Roskilde Heroes’ for their outstanding work throughout the festival.

Stephanie has left her mark at Roskilde, quite literally. The DIS staff member and course assistant for Roskilde Festival: Community, Culture, and Creativity received her volunteer award from Director of the Tuborg Foundation, Anne Marie Skov, and will have an orange brick engraved with her name placed at the foot of the Orange Stage at future festivals.

For the past two years, Stephanie has volunteered as an International Coordinator for the Campaign & Marketing Team of Roskilde Festival. Not only is Stephanie a volunteer at the Festival, but she also pairs up with DIS faculty member Mads Simon Martinussen to lead the three week DIS summer course, Roskilde Festival: Community, Culture, and Creativity. After learning theoretical concepts of volunteerism in the classroom, students then head to the Festival to immerse themselves in projects — from communication, to art, sustainability, and social responsibility.

Stephanie’s role is to be a logistical coordinator and an academic facilitator. She and Mads work to create a community within the class, where students learn about volunteering within a Danish context and reflect on their personal strengths within group work. Students discuss what motivates individuals to volunteer and how to work in cross-cultural groups toward a common goal.

“One of our main objectives is for the entire class to feel a personal responsibility for the happiness and learning of each other, and to take action in assisting the development of this common goal,” Stephanie said. “The students never cease to amaze me throughout the course. To see them grow and become a community — where it seems like any obstacle is possible to overcome — is a true privilege. I believe this course provides a new level of empowerment and understanding of how developing a community and being in a creative and innovative setting can truly impact the world for the better.

This year marked my fifth year at Roskilde Festival, and this August will mark my fifth anniversary with DIS. The volunteering I do year round with Roskilde and the work I do with DIS truly complement one another, and in receiving the award I had a great feeling and happiness that the two passions of mine, DIS and Roskilde, could connect in such a manner.”

Congratulations on your hard work and commitment, Stephanie!

Photo courtesy of Tuborg Fondet

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