Presidents of universities across the country nominated 162 college student leaders for the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows. These students demonstrate personal commitment to creating lasting change for betterment of their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the members of this 2012 class are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.
Anna Robertson of Nashville (37206), a junior at Xavier University, demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation. She is a Theology major with minors in Spanish and Peace Studies. Robertson strives to advance human rights through community organizing. On campus, she works with Voices of Solidarity, Contemplatives in Action, and Students for Economic Justice. She supports local grassroots groups as an intern with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. On a weekly basis, she has worked with Crayons to Computers and brought sandwiches to homeless camps throughout Cincinnati. Outside Cincinnati, she has spent summers at an Appalachian farm, with Alternative Breaks service programs, and a semester in Nicaragua at a childhood nutrition center. She is developing community-based research on the impact of memory in healing war-torn communities.
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Robertson will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.
“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,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million+ students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit www.compact.org