Campus Compact honored 201 college students from over 36 states plus the District of Colombia as Newman Civic Fellows through the generous sponsorship of the KPMG foundation. These students demonstrated commitment to civic engagement and a desire to positively affect their communities.
Campus Compact Board Chair Richard Guarasci proudly describes the 201 recipients: “These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.” The following seven Rhode Island students received the Newman Civic Fellows Award:
Emily Williams, Johnson & Wales University
Adriano Cirioli, Salve Regina University
Ashley Barton, Roger Williams University
Antonio Adderly, New England Institute of Technology
Olugbenga Joseph, Brown University
Jackie Silva, Rhode Island School of Design
Matthew Henry Smith, Providence College
Lindsey Streich, University of Rhode Island
Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.
“With this recognition, Campus Compact is highlighting the remarkable impact these students are having on their campuses and communities,” stated Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and Campus Compact board member. “We are proud to support Campus Compact in bringing attention to these extraordinary students. KPMG seeks a diverse talent pool of students who share our values, one of which involves service to the communities in which we live and work.”
“Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference,” explains Campus Compact President Andrew J. Seligsohn. “He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and this new group of Newman Civic Fellows would have inspired him. They are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.”
Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit http://www.compact.org.