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Elaine Lindy

“Good ideas offered by regular citizens are typically lost before they ever reach the halls of government.”

In order for society to thrive, everyone must have his or her voice heard. This is what Elaine Lindy is trying to ensure through her gift in support of the civic engagement initiative, the Citizen’s Response Portal Project, at the College of Computing and Informatics.

This initiative improves the quality of federal services by giving members of society the ability to make an impact through improved channels of cybercommunication.

“Good ideas offered by regular citizens are typically lost before they ever reach the halls of government,” says Ms. Lindy. “Connecting the two is within our grasp using technology and a knowledge of linguistics.”

Ms. Lindy became involved with Drexel University through her late father, Philip Lindy HD ’10. Dr. Lindy introduced Ms. Lindy to Dean David Fenske, of the College of Computing and Informatics, to continue their work on the Citizen’s Response Portal Project. Since she became involved, she has put her efforts forth to ensure its maximum impact on the surrounding community.

“I was pleased that Drexel worked with me and spent a fair amount of time to flesh out the concept to be sure it was organized to succeed,” she says.

Beyond this specific project, Ms. Lindy founded Stories to Grow By, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading understanding and messages of positive behaviors to youngsters through storytelling. She has held speaking engagements at numerous symposia and conferences and also conducted over ten years of research to give parents the tools to communicate compassion, honesty and friendship to their children.

“It’s natural to perceive one’s duty to support the community in a way that happens to coincide with one’s personal experiences and worldview,” she says. “The two impulses are often interconnected. It almost doesn’t matter where the impulse originates as long as the end result is an improvement in the lives of others.”

In her work at Drexel, Ms. Lindy takes a forward-thinking approach to civic engagement and works in innovative ways to ensure members of our society are able to express their intent as she gives them the power to make a difference. Her passions lie at the University, but with the Citizen’s Response Portal Project, her scope goes far beyond, introducing potential to make an impact on a global scale.

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