Trenton Ebel

UW Green Bay

Trenton Ebel, a junior at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, epitomizes the problem-focused, interdisciplinary learning our campus values, as well as the core principles and commitments of the Fellowship program, and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on this campus and community. Mr. Ebel is personally passionate about overcoming the bitter partisan divides in the United States. His interest in overcoming partisanship emerges in part from his background working in faith-based volunteering and non-profits, which also awakened a passion for racial justice. He’s worked in electoral politics and also as a mentor in the Green Bay Public Schools Upward Bound program. His combination of coursework, majors, and minors, in Spanish, German, as well as Democracy and Justice Studies offer a unique set of political and social skills, as does his commitment to the region of the Midwest.

Sheryl VanGruensven
Interim Chancellor
UW Green Bay

Personal Statement

I believe that what little we may have in life doesn’t matter so much as the lives we’ve touched with it. The biggest reason I wanted to engage in something like the Newman Fellowship is because I believe we’ve lost our sense of what America stands for. I became involved first by door-knocking around the local campus community when I arrived in college. I also tried to encourage people around me to become socially active. but history as a subject instilled me with a passion to contribute what little I could to America’s patchwork of hardy, intrepid, but imperfect explorers and innovators and this pedestal on which many of my heroes, especially the Presidents, sit, allowed me to shape my beliefs and improve them. This idyllic picture is long changed, but I believe that we can overcome political polarization by reminding everyday voters that they matter. It takes nothing more than meeting with them and advocating for their issues when we take time to engage and understand them, especially through mentoring the next generation and giving them something to believe in. We can overcome anything that comes after us. It begins in the local communities and spreads from there.

Trenton Ebel
Democracy & Justice Studies, Spanish, German: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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