Campus Compact Announces 2019 Newman Civic Fellows

March 6, 2019

Campus Compact Announces 2019 Newman Civic Fellows

262 students honored representing Campus Compact member institutions from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Mexico, and Greece

BOSTON, Mass. – March 6, 2019 – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors 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 who has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. Fellows from state/region also have access to (insert state/regional Compact specific programming for Fellows if applicable)

“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 2019-2020 cohort of Fellows includes 33 fellows from 33 institutions across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Campus Compact for Southern New England is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers:

Abigail Vervaeke, Simmons University
Adriana Guadana-Huizar, College of the Holy Cross
Andrew Folkes, Fisher College
Anthony Price, Wesleyan University
Ashley Delgado, Salve Regina University
Bizaye Banjaw, Tufts University
Casey Smith, Wheaton College
Cassparina Carlson, Mount Wachusett Community College
Daud Shad, Yale University
Dilrasbonu Vohidova, Bunker Hill Community College
Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Hannah Levine, Salem State University
Idalmis Lopez, Brown University
Julia Adams, Stonehill College
Julie Gambill, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Junielly Vargas, Providence College
Katelyn Root, Eastern Connecticut State University
Katerina Alvarez, Mount Holyoke College
Katherine Hailson, Northern Essex Community College
Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts Boston
Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mary-Kate McGeary, The University of Rhode Island
Matthew Rivera, Trinity College
Meghan Murtagh, Merrimack College
Nifemi Olugbemiga, Connecticut College
Pablo Idrovo, Fairfield University
Robert Norris, Tunxis Community College
Ryan Duggan, North Shore Community College
Sara Hincapie, Bristol Community College
Seda Sahin, University of Connecticut
Sophie Chien, Rhode Island School of Design
Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Vivian Nguyen, Smith College

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at

About Campus Compact:

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit