Newman Civic Fellows Program

2017 Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact has announced the student leaders who will make up the 2017 Newman Civic Fellows. This select group includes 13 from MACC member campuses, who will be part of a one-year fellowship for community-committed students.

The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one undergraduate or graduate student who has worked to find solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows are first cohort to benefit from a redesigned fellowship experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. The fellowship also provides students with access to exclusive scholarships and postgraduate opportunities.

MACC extends warm congratulations to the 13 member students named as 2017 Newman Civic Fellows:

Kyle Bueno, Bridgewater State University
Daniel Rodrigues, Bristol Community College
Christina Chin, Greenfield Community College
Stephanie Houten, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Maggie Whited, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Andrea Hernandez, Mount Holyoke College
Jana Murphy, Mount Wachusett Community College
Jesse Perkins, North Shore Community College
Bryn McCarthy, Simmons College
Jermel Wright, Stonehill College
Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston
Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Keaton Schrank, Wheaton College

See the full list of Newman Civic Fellows from Campus Compact members across the country.

2016 Newman Civic Fellows

Among the 218 students nationally named as Newman Civic Fellows for 2016 are 12 students from MACC member colleges and universities.This group will join the national Newman Civic Fellows online network. In addition, they will receive an award certificate and national recognition from Campus Compact.

This national award honors undergraduates who have the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving. Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by their campus president or chancellor on the basis of their demonstrated investment in the community.

Congratulations to all of the students at MACC member campuses to achieve this honor:

Amy Blanchette of Bristol Community College
Elvin Merino-Lopez of Bunker Hill Community College
Laura Londoño of Emerson College
Cassandra Santos of Greenfield Community College
Julian Cintrón of Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Avery Woodbury of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
Rafaela Lopes of Mount Wachusett Community College
Alisha Raby Cefalo of North Shore Community College
Christianie DePina of Stonehill College
Giancarlo Musetti of Tufts University
Joel Colon of UMass Boston
Chris LaPorte of UMass Dartmouth

About the Award

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.

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 a better world.

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.

Meet the 2014 MACC Newman Civic Fellows here.

Meet the 2013 MACC Newman Civic Fellows here.