The 2016 Newman Civic Fellows have been announced! This year’s cohort contains 218 students from 36 states, with four fellows hailing from Rhode Island.
Congratulations to the student leaders recognized in Rhode Island!
Ricardo Jaramillo, a sophomore at Brown University intending to double- concentrate in Ethnic and Education Studies, is a student leader and activist engaged in immigrant and refugee education and men’s health. As a student co-coordinator of Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE), Ricardo co-leads the largest community service program on campus, working with 130 pairs of undergraduate tutors and refugee tutees. To read more about Ricardo’s story click here.
Abigail (Abby) Wolf is a sophomore at Providence College studying Public and Community Service Studies. During Abby’s first two years on campus, she has demonstrated a commitment to educating herself and others about issues of privilege, power, and social justice. Abby’s approach to social change is collective, collaborative, and reflective. to read more about Abby’s Story click here.
Michelle Baptista is a sophomore at Salve Regina University. She is a hard-working student that is passionate about her studies in social work. She also holds a minor in biology and wishes to one day hopefully obtain a career in either healthcare social work or child and family welfare. Other than her academics, Michelle dedicates much of her time to community service on and off campus. Before her time at Salve, Michelle was just as dedicated to community service. To learn more of Michelle’s story click here.
Mr. Ian Kanterman is a junior enrolled in URI’s International Engineering Program, focusing on Biomedical Engineering and French. He approaches addressing the root cause of social issues by seeking to create a community of engaged and socially responsible leaders. He leads by example in organizing awareness and engagement programs for the campus and inspiring and compelling his fellow peers and community members to step up and become part of the solution. To learn more about Ian’s story click here.
Newman Civic Fellow individuals are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work. Learn more about Frank Newman.
The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.