Liza R. Magley, a junior at Xavier University in Cincinnati is one of 135 students from 30 states honored today as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact, which recognize college student leaders who have demonstrated investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities. Liza is from Fayetteville, NY (13066) and is the daughter of Michael and Susan Clancy-Magley. She is an economics major in Xavier’s Philosophy, Politics & the Public Honors program with a minor in Spanish.
Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and would have been inspired by this initial group of Newman Civic Fellows. They are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.
College and university presidents nominated the best of the best: promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows have made 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 are national examples of the role that higher education can and does play in building a better world,” said Campus Compact president Maureen F. Curley.
Magley works with low-income elderly people each week at the Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home where she participates in daily activities, field trips, special events, and one-on-one visits. Her interest in translating individual relationships with the elderly into public policy led her to become an intern for a United States congressman in order to better understand the federal legislative process. She has also been a conversation partner with a student from a Spanish-speaking country, and a participant in Xavier’s academic service-learning immersion program in Nicaragua.
Through service-learning courses and community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills such as the ability to research and analyze community needs, a willingness to lead and participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about community challenges, and the ability to inspire people to become part of solutions.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Through the Newman Civic Fellows Awards, college and university presidents acknowledge students with the ability and motivation to create lasting change in our communities. For more information about the Newman Civic Fellows, visit www.compact.org