Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience that provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions to help them develop strategies for social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides in-person and virtual learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.

2020 Newman Civic Fellow

Pearl Zhang '22

Swarthmore College's 2020 Newman Civic Fellow is Pearl Zhang '22. Pearl is incredibly happy to have the opportunity of becoming a force for positive social change in the campus community and beyond. She is especially excited to work on increasing educational access in the sciences to students from marginalized backgrounds through work with Swarthmore's Technology for Social Good club. She also hopes to collaborate with a local nonprofit, CADES (Children and Adult and Disability with Educational Services), to empower students with special needs to achieve their highest potential. Above all, she hopes to glisten, which is to be present with others in ways that help them shine into their deepest color, purpose, and wisdom. Pearl hopes to grow in her knowledge in compassionately advocating for people from vulnerable communities and manifest her best self in understanding the emotional nuances and complexities within the human experience. 

Newman Civic Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Campus Compact founder Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who:

  • Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change;
  • Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization; and
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement.

In addition to these core characteristics, Newman Civic Fellow nominees must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Student must be enrolled at Swarthmore College during spring 2021, and enrolled for the duration of the 2021-2022 academic year (juniors, sophomores, or first years).
  • Nominees must commit to providing a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year.
  • Preference is given to students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education.


Students can be nominated each year. Interested in nominating yourself or someone else? Complete the nomination form by Friday, January 1, 2021

Past Newman Civic Fellows from Swarthmore College

2020: Pearl Zhang '22

2019: Hussain Zaidi '22

2018: Brandon Ekweonu ‘20 

2017: Meghan Kelly ’18 

2016: Tyler Huntington ‘18 

2015: Amy DiPierro ‘15

2014: Nimesh Ghimire ’15 

2013: Patrick Ammerman ’14 

Newman Civic Fellow Contact

Jennifer Magee

Jennifer Magee

Senior Associate Director, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
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