Paige Collette, a junior at Plymouth State University, is an active leader in involving her fellow peers in community engagement. She is a leader in International Service Trips, PSU Volunteers, and Alternative Spring Break, and has shown great dedication to advancing community identified and driven projects, and working with her peers to engage them in local and global projects.
As a service trip leader for both local and international projects, Paige exemplifies a student leader who is making significant contributions to the development of fellow students, and to the communities she works with. Paige's approaches all of her endeavors with genuine enthusiasm, authenticity, and curiosity. Her most recent pursuits this year are leading an Alternative Spring Break Trip which is focusing on hurricane relief, and co-leading an international service trip to Petersfield, Jamaica, where students will participate in community identified projects.+ Read More
Kalen Russell, a strategic communication major, has been actively engaged in civic activities and service to her community through multiple avenues and projects. Through uSpeak she has encouraged dialogue and policy examination between police services, civil rights professionals, and students on our campus. Through her efforts, significant progress has been made with respect to opening communication channels between these groups to create a deeper understanding of the work and challenges each experiences. She has also engaged in significant research projects that focus on black students' experiences with campus law enforcement and how we can develop strong relationships between the two.+ Read More
Jennifer Mossgraber is an engaged student leader majoring in Political Science. Jen serves as President of the Political Science Academy, an organization committed to fostering civil discourse and increasing civic engagement. She has strengthened the participation of this organization and facilitated many successful bipartisan events since joining this group. As a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Student Council, her efforts make a difference for all students in the College. Jen also goes beyond the campus community to represent the University of Missouri System as a legislative intern and Voter Registration Coordinator for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. Her work as a legislative intern gives her first-hand experience working with lawmakers in the state's capitol and lobbying on behalf of the UM System's students. Jen is developing valuable skills through this work, and her impact goes beyond action on campus and on behalf of college students. As an activist for social justice and through her involvement in community organizations such HateBrakers, she also works to increase equity and improve the lives of her follow citizens. These skills and experience have prepared Jennifer to thrive as a Newman Civic Fellow.+ Read More
Luke Merrill, a student at Dakota Wesleyan University, is a student leader passionate about global and local healthcare issues. As a first year student, he took the initiative to be involved in a trip to Uganda, participating in the launch of several community-based partnership programs, including a school feeding program, farmer field research, and a healthcare clinic. Luke has used his experience in Uganda and at DWU to seek a deeper understanding of health issues in communities. Luke enrolled in an independent study focused on Indian Health Services, where he hopes to work closely with advocates and professionals seeking to bring change to local communities. Luke's passion for understanding both the broad and specific picture of social issues leads him to committed studies in biochemistry, healthcare, and community engagement.+ Read More
Andrea Solis Canto, a second year student at Xavier University, is active in addressing long-term solutions for challenges facing immigrants and refugees. She has worked closely with advocacy groups to build awareness of and eliminate stereotypes associated with migration and refugee resettlement. Her leadership experiences include developing educational programs for faculty, staff, and students, collaborating with nearby schools with significant refugee populations to develop cultural awareness, and assisting the Mexican Consulate in Arizona with identifying detained or missing immigrants. Currently she is a board member with Youth Educating Society (Y.E.S) where she partners with her classmates to increase awareness of immigration issues and through education, inspire high school and college students to advocate for protections on behalf of DACA recipients.+ Read More
Matthew Bell, a sophomore at the University of Puget Sound, demonstrates great commitment to civic and political engagement for the greater good. He serves as our campus Voter Engagement Specialist, working in our Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement to increase access to voter registration and help students register to vote. Matthew actively questions the causes of social inequity, viewing engagement both as a privilege and as a necessity for creating change. In his work, he recognizes that access to voting and participating in electing those who create our laws is not made equitably available for all people, particularly those from minoritized backgrounds. He attempts to combat this reality by reducing barriers to registration and voting for young adults while fostering a culture of engaged, intentional involvement in our political systems. I am pleased to nominate Matthew as an individual with a deep excitement for learning and desire to improve the world through civic action in the political realm. He will be an asset to the program, a great representative of the university, and will also grow and be shaped by the experience in service to others.+ Read More
Kathleen (Katt) Ritchie desires to be a social worker at the completion of her education and is spending a great deal of time exploring many options in that profession. She has enjoyed working and volunteering countless hours at local non-profit organizations including the Human Services Programs Family Center as well as Carroll County's Family and Children's Services. Both of these organizations provide families and children in the community with social services the focus on prevention, intervention, counseling and advocacy. Katt also serves as the president of the Service-Learning club and has coordinated many on and off-campus service opportunities for her student peers including making holiday cards for Veterans, blankets for cancer patients at our local hospital, and many trips to our local Cold Weather [homeless] Shelter. She has also coordinated a "Socktober" drive on campus that provided many pairs of socks to our Community Action Agency as well as a beauty supply drive that delivered many make-up and hygiene products to women in our county's Domestic Violence Safe House. Katt has made significant contributions to our community and is most worthy of joining this prestigious national leadership group.+ Read More