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 Saint Joseph who demonstrates civic leadership through her efforts on campus and within the community. As an advocate for social change, Jennifer actively engages with students, faculty, and staff to address social issues and create a conversation across lines of difference. Her commitment to educating others is paired with a determination to find tangible solutions to community problems. From actively participating in Hartford’s Moral Monday Movement to her efforts to create a better-informed, more empathetic campus through Campus for Compassion and Diversity in Action, Jennifer inspires others to work for change.” President Rhona Free, University of Saint Joseph
Jennifer’s Personal Statement
“Communities shape us into who we are. When I started working at True Colors in Hartford, I found my community. I created workshops, summer programs, and activities for LGBTQ youth to develop their leadership, celebrate their identity development, and find community of their very own. Through working in Hartford my social consciousness was expanded, I was educated on different forms of privilege and oppression, and I began to engage in rallies for Black Lives Matter, the welcoming of Syrian refugees, and police accountability. I am indebted to the people who I built my community with who educated me, and so I brought that knowledge and passion with me to the University of Saint Joseph to continue building. I became engaged with Diversity in Action and have helped plan and run programs to talk about the many wonderful and difficult moments around difference. I also helped to create Campus for Compassion to encourage an empathetic and welcoming campus climate. Currently, I continue to do work with DiA, and am working with faculty and peers to further expand on having a conscious and affirming campus. I plan to have a lifetime of serving and bettering every community I am a part of.”