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2015 Newman Civic Fellow: Rachel DiPietro, Trinity College

As a leader, Rachael DiPietro believes in blending praise with constructive criticism in order to bring about positive, student-centered cultural change. An Educational Studies major with extensive coursework in Public Policy and Law, she has been an advocate for youth activism and political engagement both at Norwalk Community College and at Trinity College. Committed to addressing the achievement gap in American education, Rachael eloquently articulates an informed perspective that not only represents student interests, but also contributes to the improvement of her community. In her intellectual rigor, service activities and leadership roles, Rachael embodies the ideal of student success as…

2016 Newman Civic Fellow: Anthony D’Ambrosio, Yale University

Yale University’s Anthony D’Ambrosio is one of four students from Connecticut Campus Compact member institutions who have been named 2016 Newman Civic Fellows. The Fellows were all nominated by the presidents of their college or university, and their selection as 2016 Newman Civic Fellows was announced by national Campus Compact. These student leaders represent the next generation of civic leaders. Through service, research, and advocacy, these 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. “Anthony D’Ambrosio, a second year student at Yale University, is a student leader active in issues…

2016 Newman Civic Fellow: Nicole Wroblewski, Fairfield University

Nicole Wroblewski, Fairfield University ’18, is one of four students from Connecticut Campus Compact member institutions have been named 2016 Newman Civic Fellows. The Fellows were all nominated by the presidents of their college or university, and their selection as 2016 Newman Civic Fellows was announced by national Campus Compact. These student leaders represent the next generation of civic leaders. Through service, research, and advocacy, these 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. “Nicole Wroblewski, a sophomore pursuing an international studies major and minors in history…

2016 Newman Civic Fellow: Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut

UConn’s Elizabeth Charash is one of four students from Connecticut Campus Compact member institutions have been named 2016 Newman Civic Fellows. The Fellows were all nominated by the presidents of their college or university, and their selection as 2016 Newman Civic Fellows was announced by national Campus Compact. These student leaders represent the next generation of civic leaders. Through service, research, and advocacy, these 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. “Elizabeth Charash, a member of the class of 2018, is a student leader on the poignant,…

2016 Newman Civic Fellow: Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph

University of Saint Joseph’s Jennifer Paradis is one of four students from Connecticut Campus Compact member institutions have been named 2016 Newman Civic Fellows. The Fellows were all nominated by the presidents of their college or university, and their selection as 2016 Newman Civic Fellows was announced by national Campus Compact. These student leaders represent the next generation of civic leaders. Through service, research, and advocacy, these 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. “Jennifer Paradis is a sophomore Psychology/Social Work double major at the University of…

2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Anchor Institution

Workshops at the Civic Action Summit will address the central question of the summit, “What does the world need from higher education?” through different themes. Anchor Institution, Melvyn Colón The Anchor Institution Task Force, a national affinity group for “eds and meds” and other anchor institutions, describes anchor institutions as “enduring organizations that are rooted in their localities.  It is difficult for them to leave their surroundings even in the midst of substantial capital flight.” They represent “stable local assets” that can “harness their resources in order to address critical issues such as education, economic opportunity, and health.” SINA, created…

2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Campus Dialogues

Workshops at the Civic Action Summit will address the central question of the summit, “What does the world need from higher education?” through different themes. Campus Dialogues, Val Ramos Public Discourse and Dialogue for Engagement This workshop will identify multiple methods of public discourse and dialogue and their application on higher education campuses and beyond.   Through an interactive exchange from participants will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with public discourse and dialogues, and its potential for impacting student learning, involving faculty and staff, and engagement with the local communities. Presenter Bio Valeriano (Val) Ramos Jr. is Director of Strategic…

2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Engaged Scholarship

Workshops at the Civic Action Summit will address the central question of the summit, “What does the world need from higher education?” through different themes. Engaged Scholarship, Elaine Ward Voices of the Next Generation of Engagement and the Future of Higher Education This session is designed to deepen understanding of the scholarly identities, professional practices, public commitments, and aspiration of a new generation of engaged scholars.  The session draws on the work of the new bookPublicly Engaged Scholars:  Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education, Edited by Margaret Post, Elaine Ward, Nicholas Longo, and John Saltmarsh (Spring 2016,…

2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Student Activism

Workshops at the Civic Action Summit will address the central question of the summit, “What does the world need from higher education?” through different themes. Student Activism, Cathy Lechowicz and Mark Fopeano This discussion-based session will look at student activism and engagement on college campuses across the country, with specific implications for Connecticut’s higher education institutions. Drawing on their experiences working with students on Wesleyan and Yale’s campuses, the facilitators will outline the spectrum of activism on campus, and provide space for individuals to reflection on and discuss activism on their individual campuses. Together, facilitators and participants will help will…

2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Political Learning and Engagement

Workshops at the Civic Action Summit will address the central question of the summit, “What does the world need from higher education?” through different themes. Political Learning and Engagement, Rick Battistoni Community Engagement and Social Change: Educating for Democracy in a Volatile Election Year The political and electoral world of 2016 presents higher education with a unique set of challenges. This interactive workshop will encourage participants to go beyond service learning and community engagement to think about how to prepare students (and staff/faculty!) for participation in an increasingly contentious and polarized public realm. Presenter Bio Rick Battistoni is Professor of Political…

2016 CT Civic Action Summit Workshop: Civic Action Statement Planning

Workshops at the Civic Action Summit will address the central question of the summit, “What does the world need from higher education?” through different themes. Civic Action Statement Planning for Campus Executive Leadership Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact 400 presidents and chancellors have signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement, thereby making a commitment to develop a Campus Civic Action Plan. Participants in this session will learn how to get started on developing a Campus Civic Action plan. We will focus on how to build a process that yields a plan to build capacity, reform systems and processes, and change…

Civic Action Summit Explores What the World Needs From Higher Education

On June 2, 2016, administrators, faculty, staff, and students of CTCC’s member campuses, as well as community partners, gathered at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for Connecticut’s first Civic Action Summit to explore and begin to address the question “What does the world need from higher education?” Bethany Johnson-Javois, CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and Managing Director and ex-officio member of the Ferguson Commission, delivered a powerful and compelling keynote speech to address this central question. She discussed the importance of radical listening and working toward racial equity and liberation by being proactive, leveraging faculty/staff expertise, and…