Monica Davis's combination of academic achievement, leadership strengths, personal character, and passion for community service make her an ideal Newman Civic Fellow. As a Social Work major with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership and Youth Development, Ms. Davis is a disciplined and purposeful scholar who is committed to community service and grassroots activism. In many ways, Ms. Davis is a model non-traditional student. Her scholastic endeavors are commendable, and are evidenced by her 3.2 cumulative grade point average. In addition, Ms. Davis is an enthusiastic learner willing to explore new concepts, as well as delve into the various theoretical and philosophical frameworks of her studies. As a civic leader, Ms. Davis has actualized her beliefs and desire to make a difference in the lives of others by her full-throated advocacy of important issues. Ms. Davis is also a strong promoter of breastfeeding, recycling and sustainable living.
Nelson Mandela once said, "It always seems impossible until it's done." As a result of the plight of my mother's family, as well as my own experiences, the needs of city dwellers has been the main focus of my community activism. Throughout history, people with the least political power and influence have been forcefully displaced from their communities at the will of major corporations and other institutions. As a result of the lack of advocacy and unhelpful civic policies, many people can only dream of becoming financially stable and independent. My goal is to become an advocate for others. My vision is to remain in the urban community where I can serve as a catalyst for change. My future aspiration is to lead a grassroots movement that helps to foster community pride and upward mobility for everyone.