IAMNCC Recognizes 2023 Newman Civic Fellows
Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact is excited to recognize the 13 students from our member campuses that were recognized as 2023 Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who stand out for their commitment to creating positive change in communities locally and around the world. Fellows are nominated by Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors, who are invited to select one outstanding student from their campus each year. Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has named 154 student civic leaders from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to the 2023 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.
Join us in congratulating these amazing students:
- Angel Young, Augsburg University
- Eva Ngono, St. Catherine University
- Jacob Martin, Morningside University
- Jessalin Dock-Barnes, Hamline University
- Lauren Funke, College of St. Benedict
- Lexi Gause, University of Northern Iowa
- Madalyn Peterson, Winona State University
- Marguerite Stoffel, Drake University
- Mia Strubel Iram, Carleton College
- Nayle Garces, Loras College
- Paul Nguyen, Macalester College
- Respect Djunga, Bethel University
- Wesley Kirchner, Saint John’s University
“The greatest investment Minnesota and Iowa colleges and universities make in the Midwest is the students they graduate,” said Rob Barron, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Executive Director. “I am so excited for all that these 12 Newman Civic Fellows will learn next year and all that they will give back to their communities upon graduation.”
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact will provide students with a year of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities to help provide them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the Annual Convening of Fellows, which offers intensive skill-building and networking over the course of two days. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.
“We are honored to recognize such an outstanding group of community-committed students,” said Campus Compact President Bobbie Laur. “One of the best parts of the Newman Civic Fellowships is the richness of students’ perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds—and how these varied stories all led to their passionate engagement with the social, political, and environmental issues impacting our world. These students will be the catalysts for change on many levels, and we are privileged to help empower them to create that change.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship program is supported by the KPMG Foundation. Learn more at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship. You can read more about each of the student leaders selected for this year’s cohort here.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit www.compact.org.
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