From the president

Sarah Dominic-Cluck is a graduate student at California State University Sacramento, where she holds several leadership roles. She operates as cohort representative in the counselor education program, is treasurer elect for Chi Sigma Sigma honor society, and is a volunteer peer mentor. However, the role she embraces most is that of human rights activist. Sarah is a strong contributor to civic engagement. She advocates for equity and equality through new legislation that focuses on humanizing dehumanized populations of people, such as those who are incarcerated. Sarah champions for prison reform to combat generational traumas and systemic injustices that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. She is actively involved with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR), where she obtained a certificate as a Victim-Offender Dialogue and Mediation Facilitator. In collaboration with CAPCR she councils and educates incarcerated persons on restorative justice techniques. Sarah further fosters these techniques throughout the community by means of her work – assisting individuals who have intellectual disabilities that are on probation, parole, and diversion programs, by providing them the skills, support, and resources needed to furnish equal opportunities of healing, growth, and success.

Robert Nelsen


California State University-Sacramento


Personal Statement

As a self-supporting first-generation student, I have had to overcome a number of obstacles. I have endured trials of financial instability, imposter syndrome, and simply not knowing how to navigate through an educational institution. However, in surpassing these challenges, I have seen the true potential in redefining what’s possible. Throughout my life I have watched as family, friends and complete strangers have been adversely impacted by the criminal justice system. I’ve seen many lives forever altered due to systemic inequities. These injustices sparked a burning desire for change, and it has since become my passion and my privilege to act against the racist, sexist, and classist social norms that dictate policy and govern us. In collaboration with the California Abolition Act Coalition, I advocate to end involuntary servitude in prison systems. I also volunteer with the CAPCR at California State Prison Sacramento where I promote healing, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Furthermore, my work in the community allows me to provide the support and resources needed to help judicially impacted individuals thrive. An opportunity to work with Newman Civic Fellowship would allow me to further redefine the possible and combat the inequities and injustices that plague our society.

Sarah Dominic-Cluck

MS Counseling (Rehabilitation Counseling)

California State University-Sacramento