Meet the 2020 Newman Civic Fellows

March 9, 2020

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the students who will make up the organization’s 2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The 2020 cohort—the largest group of Newman Civic Fellows to date—comprises 290 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Greece, Lebanon, and Mexico.

The 2020-2021 cohort of Fellows includes 21 fellows from institutions across Iowa and Minnesota. Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact excited to congratulate these public problem solvers at our upcoming Presidents’ Engaged Campus Awards events in both states.

Iowa Fellows

  • Buena Vista University – Jacob Hull
  • Coe College – Angelina Ramirez
  • Drake University – Brittany Freeman
  • Grinnell College – Sarah Beisner
  • Loras College – Hailey Schultz
  • Morningside College – Samual Peterson
  • Simpson College – Christopher Shima
  • University of Northern Iowa – Cole Passick
  • Wartburg College – Brittany Strause

Minnesota Fellows

  • Augsburg University – Houa Thao
  • Bethel University – Elizabeth Carson
  • College of Saint Benedict – Olivia Engling
  • College of St. Scholastica – Chantell Armijo-Cruz
  • Hamline University – Dieu Do
  • Metropolitan State University – Stephanie Gasca
  • Saint John’s University – Sam Black
  • St. Catherine University – Jasmin Yangwaue
  • St. Cloud State University – Kridish Uprety
  • St. Olaf College – Ian Roback
  • University of St Thomas – Tyus Edmond
  • Winona State University – Kaitlyn Mercier

Read more about these fellows.

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. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student from their institution for the fellowship.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. 

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation.


Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ 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. 

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