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
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 and attending Swarthmore College during spring 2020, and enrolled for the duration of the 2020-2021 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. In 2020, nominations were solicited via this Google Form and were due by Friday, January 24, 2020.
Past Newman Civic Fellows from Swarthmore College
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