To foster college students as active citizens, RI Campus Compact supports student civic and community engagement through an annual conference for college students, and through the Newman Civic Fellows Award, an honor awarded to outstanding college student leaders spurring positive change in their communities. Read more about these opportunities below:
2017 Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Form Now Open!
The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who:
- Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
- Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
- Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement
In addition to these core characteristics, Newman Civic Fellow nominees must also meet the following fellowship eligibility criteria:
- Nominee must be currently enrolled at a Campus Compact member institution
- Nominee must be nominated by the president or chancellor of their institution
- Each institution may nominate only one student
- For institutions with both undergraduate and graduate programs, presidents and chancellors are encouraged to recommend the most deserving student, with preference given to undergraduate students
- In keeping with Frank Newman’s passion for educational access, we encourage presidents and chancellors to give preference to students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education
- Nominee must have at least one year of their education remaining (either at their current institution or at a different one)
- Nominees must commit to providing a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year
- Nominee’s institution must commit to helping the nominee identify a local mentor for the duration of the fellowship.
Institutions seeking guidance on how to proceed in selecting a student to nominate for the Newman Civic Fellowship can consult the Newman Civic Fellowship FAQ page, where examples of nomination processes from several Campus Compact member institutions are provided.
We suggest that presidents and chancellors first review the nomination form and collect all necessary materials prior to beginning the nomination submission. You will not be able to save and go back to the form later. For those who would like a printed copy of the nomination form to assist you in collecting materials, you can download a PDF copy of the nomination form here.
2016 Student Leadership Conference
Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC), Connecticut Campus Compact (CTCC), and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), in collaboration with their member campuses and strategic community partners, held the annual student leadership conference on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at CCSU from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The one-day conference is a dedicated space and platform for students who are committed to community service, civic engagement, and social justice and change.
The 2016 Student Leadership Conference theme of We the Students: Linking Identity, Community and Social Change is designed to provide a framework where students examine their motivations for civic engagement social justice and service, enhance their understanding of social issues, and increase their capacity and skills to positively impact their campus and community. The event program featured Keynote Speaker Kamora Le’Ella Herrington, the Director of Youth Programming at True Colors, Inc., as well as workshop sessions and a panel of student leaders.
Raise Your Voice Award
The RICC President Irving Schneider Raise Your Voice Awards encourage leadership and collaboration among campus communities while focusing on the role of college students in implementing change. The Raise Your Voice campaign is designed to support student civic engagement activities that address public issues crucial to our democracy. President Irving Schneider is the former President of Johnson and Wales University and an advocate for the RI Campus Compact and the work of RICC’s network. Awards are invitation only and made on a rolling basis.
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