2016 Newman Civic Fellows
Campus Compact has announced the Newman Civic Fellows for 2016. Among the 218 students nationally to receive this honor 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
The full list of 2016 winners can be found here.
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.