FRAMINGHAM – Salem State University freshman and Framingham resident Hannah Levine was selected by Campus Compact to serve as a 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellow.
Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization. Its mission includes educating students on civic and social responsibility.
The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems.
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including 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 access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
Levine was nominated for the Newman Civic Fellowship by Salem State President John Keenan for her leadership abilities and contributions to her community, which she began while she was a student at Framingham High school and has since further cultivated through her civic engagement at Salem State University.
“Hannah was eager to learn about the culture of the communities of the North Shore, but also about some of the challenges residents face,” said President John Keenan. “She quickly seized the opportunity to work directly with people who are experiencing poverty and food insecurity through her work with Citizens Inn and North Shore Community Development Coalition.”
Levine served on the youth advisory board in her hometown since sixth grade and in high school functioned as her graduating class’ vice president since sophomore year.
“I helped create lesson plans on stereotypes, diversity, and bullying and taught those lesson plans to freshman classes through the Peer Leadership Program at Framingham High School,” said Levine.
During Levine’s first year at Salem State University in 2018, she had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for Girls Inc. in Lynn through the university’s First Year Day of Service event and became a founding member of the college’s Civic Engagement Fellowship.
To be honored as a Newman fellow, students must be community-committed students who collaborate with others from campus or surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change, must take action in addressing issues of inequality and political change, and must demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement.
“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 Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.
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