Amy Blaquiere, a sophomore at Miles Community College, has made it her cause to raise awareness of the inequity of access to education in third-world countries and she continues to work toward finding solutions to this issue. In particular, Amy has spent the last few years working with AIDSpirit to help the children in the Kayunga District of Uganda. In the summer of 2016, she stayed 17 days in Uganda where she spent time with children in the schools and orphanages in the district. She continues to give talks to community organizations and is working with local groups and schools to raise funds that can go back to the children of Uganda to help them access education. She plans to go back to this district in 2018 and bring supplies and resources to the schools and children.+ Read More
Patricia Hansen is a veteran of the US Navy, the President of the Student Occupational Therapy Association at Stanbridge, and a 2016 California Campus Compact Student Fellow. Ms. Hansen is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities and has demonstrated a remarkable capacity for engaging those around her toward this cause. As a volunteer with High Hopes, she provided encouragement and support for individuals undergoing therapy for traumatic brain injury. This Newman Civic Fellowship will help Ms. Hansen pursue her goal of increasing the visibility of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Through her future profession as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, she hopes to bring light to the psychosocial impact brought by the stigma and misconceptions surrounding individuals with disabilities to create long-term social change.+ Read More
Melanie Majeed, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, is passionate about creating change and making the world a better place. When Melanie arrived at UNI as a freshman she immediately sought out ways to make a difference. She started by getting involved with the Black Student Union, Northern Iowa Student Government, Panther Connections and many other clubs and campus organizations. While participating in campus organizations Melanie found that there was discord on campus particularly in connection with minority students. In order to combat this, Melanie worked with campus administrators and department heads to create change. As president of the Black Student Union (BSU) Melanie made it her goal to reach out to the Cedar Valley to find out how BSU could make a difference. As a result, BSU now partners with the Job Foundation to work with minority middle and high school students offering mentoring programs as well as college and career readiness presentations. Melanie's great work on campus and in the community has helped her to continuously develop her skills, is improving her civic leadership abilities and is increasing her knowledge base in becoming a public problem solver.+ Read More
Jimmy Nguyen is a leader in service to his community. Mr. Nguyen, a freshman in the Biochemistry-Pre-Pharmacy program, is an outstanding campus and community leader who is fully committed to addressing barriers to student success. Mr. Nguyen is remarkable for his dedication to service activities on and off campus and for his advocacy for service to his fellow students. Over the years he has devoted his time and talents to establish and lead the South Sioux Student Association, which exists to help students from his hometown who come to the university persist until graduation, and has grown this organization by over 200% since 2015. As an English Language Learner and a young student he recognizes the importance of a strong educational foundation and works tirelessly to ensure his peers have access to the support and resources they need to be successful. In his hometown of South Sioux City, Mr. Nguyen has invested in the success of his peers by helping to establish Kids' Café (a local book bank), and has served on the Sioux-land Youth Advisory Council and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. He continues his work with these organizations today while also continuing his efforts on campus.+ Read More
Dominic Zmarlicki is a Bonner Leader, a campus IMPACT Scholar and, through the office of Intercultural Affairs, has become quite active in our social justice dialogues program. He is the youth representative to the United Nations for the Syrian Orthodox Church in America, where he has learned about and published commentary on the plight of Syrian refugees and of persecuted Syrian Christians. Beyond all of this, and working hard toward his double major, Dominic sits on the local community board of "Transportation Alternatives," an organization dedicated to making New York City streets safe for all. Dominic is an enthusiastic, kind, and empathetic leader, one who exhibits an ability to be in rapport with her peers, with his mentors and advisors, and with Wagner's community partners.
This is a highly motivated individual who is a pleasure to be around and whose collaborative and engaging approach to problem solving is innate. His driving motivation, as I understand it, is to place himself in position to help others. He is nothing less than an exemplar of the values that the Newman Fellowship is meant to celebrate and exalt.+ Read More
Erick Jenkins, a junior at East Carolina University, is a student leader interested in leadership, activism, and democratic engagement. Before arriving at ECU, he was selected as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the President of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter on campus. Since he arrived on campus, Erick has committed himself to putting many of ECU's most treasured values -- public service, leadership, community engagement -- into action. Erick's passions include social justice and sustainability. He has also been heavily involved in voter registration activities on campus and in the community. Erick values his own mentors and gives back to the community through mentoring new transfers students and student leaders. He has a deep commitment to building strong communities. Erick's participation as a Newman Civic Fellow will continue ECU's strong tradition of Campus Compact involvement and reflect ECU's commitment to educating students to be engaged, thoughtful, and active citizens.+ Read More
Bianca is a young woman whose values, service and actions have already brought hope and healing to local Chicago communities and to the world! She is committed to making a sustained difference in the world in her personal and professional life.
Bianca is trying to make a sustainable difference through political action. She participated in Just Advocacy Week, NETWORK Lobby in Washington, DC. and in Chicago she has organized for Workers' Rights, participating in the "Fight for $15" campaign to raise the minimum wage.
Bianca has worked to give educational opportunities to children who live in under-served communities. She has been a member of Jumpstart, a Corps Member for preschoolers in a literacy camp, a participant in Project SOAR in Chicago as a Nutrition Aide and done international service in Haiti and Tijuana.
She has worked to establish a safe space for immigrant students and allies on campus, served the Student Government Association, and advocates for students domestic violence with DASH - Domestic Abuse Stops Here.
She sees the significant worth of her education as something that will make her a person who can contribute to making a "positive change in the world."+ Read More