Framingham State Sophomore Named Newman Civic Fellow

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FRAMINGHAM – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 290 students who will make up the organization’s 2021-2022 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

McKenzie Ward, a sophomore at Framingham State University, will join 212 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to form the 2021 cohort.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Ward is a peer mentor, editor at FSU’s student newspaper, The Gatepost, and a campus leader active in addressing issues concerning food and housing insecurity, social justice, and mental health. She has been elected by her fellow students as a Senator on the Student Government Association and this academic year is serving as the Student Trustees on the University’s Board of Trustees. In this important role, Ward serves as the voice of the students for the Trustees, working alongside administrators to address student concerns and organizing administrator forums.

Currently, she in the process of writing and presenting a resolution to have the University officially recognize Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day.

The fellowship is named for 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 nominate student leaders from their campuses to be named Newman Civic Fellows.

“McKenzie’s dedication to public service, civic engagement, and social justice, honor the legacy of Frank Newman,” said Framingham State University President F. Javier Cevallos. “We are proud to have her represent Framingham State University in this capacity.”

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides Fellows with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities to help provide them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the Annual Convening of Fellows, which offers intensive skill-building and networking over the course of two days. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are proud to recognize these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The experience of the last year has driven home to all of us that we need open-minded, innovative, public-spirited thinkers and doers. That is what Campus Compact is about, and the stories of our Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate it’s who they are.”

Read more about each of the student leaders selected for this year’s cohort at www.compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/2021-2022-newman-civic-fellows.

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