Campus Compact has named 181 student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows. Among the honorees is Butler Community College student Renata Herrmann. Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
Herrmann is a member of the Grizzly Ambassadors, the student organization dedicated to community service-learning at Butler Community College. She came to college already understanding servant-leadership, both from personal experience and from completing the Youth Leadership Butler program in high school.
As a Grizzly Ambassador, Herrmann spends time volunteering for Numana. Currently a recipient of a competitive scholarship for a special topics class in community action writing, Herrmann is working with five other hand-selected student leaders to study hunger and food insecurity both globally and locally.
As a student member of the Butler Hunger Team, she and her classmates will participate in the 2013 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. They will research and develop an action plan to address hunger among Butler Community College students and constituents. Their goal is to implement the action plan in the 2013-2014 academic year.
As these students tackle community challenges, they provide fresh energy and perspective, inspire and mobilize others, and develop their own skills and potential. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
“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 stronger communities,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.
Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. 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. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. This class of Newman Civic Fellows embodies this spirit and dedication.
The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps forge effective community/campus partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. For more information, visit www.compact.org.