NC Newman Fellows Announced

March 13, 2020

13 North Carolina students honored for their commitment to solving public problems. 

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the students who will make up the organization’s 2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The 2020 cohort—the largest group of Newman Civic Fellows to date—comprises 290 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Greece, Lebanon, and Mexico.

The 2019-2020 cohort of Fellows includes 13 fellows from North Carolina member institutions. North Carolina Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers:

Maggie Baile – East Carolina University
Jimmy Chambers – Elizabeth City State University
Jovani Mendez-Sandoval – Elon University
Thomas Bass – Fayetteville State University
Kirsten Rowe – High Point University
Rachel Hefner – Meredith College
Brenda Caldwell – North Carolina A&T State University
Mickey Evans – Queens University of Charlotte
Chiamaka Okonkwo – UNC Charlotte
Aryelle Jacobsen – University of North Carolina Asheville
Jenna Mayer – Wake Forest University
Jordan Rasheed – Western Carolina University
Samara Demary – William Peace University

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student from their institution for the fellowship.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. North Carolina fellows are invited to attend our biennial CSNAP Conference in the Fall.

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation.