National Campus Compact recently announced the 2011 Newman Civic Engagement Fellows. and nine Minnesota students are honored. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Here is some of the great work four of the Minnesota awards are doing (and stay tuned to hear about the rest!):
Adia Zeman, College of Saint Benedict
Adia Zeman, a junior Communications major and Hispanic Studies minor at the College of Saint Benedict, is a student leader involved in numerous efforts to alleviate injustices. Through her work as a Bonner Leaders Program co-intern she organizes campus events to address issues ranging from poverty in Haiti to human trafficking and child hunger and sexual abuse. She regularly participates in service projects off campus and volunteers at a local school Readers Theatre. She is passionate about arts accessibility and was recently awarded a summer fellowship to volunteer with a non-profit community theatre organization.
Naomi Wente, University of Minnesota, Morris
Naomi Wente, a second year student at the University of Minnesota Morris, is a student leader active around the issues of local foods and human rights. For the last two years Naomi has been integral in bringing campus and community together in the movement toward more sustainable food production in our community. Recently she was named President of the Pomme De Terre Food Co-op, a local nonprofit. In addition to the above, Naomi continues to lead “One Toilet at a Time”, an effort she began at 14 to provide Cambodian girls with access to safe sanitation and water. Naomi was also a co-recipient of a 2010 State Farm mini-grant, co-sponsored by MN Campus Compact to support work for “One Toilet at a Time” in Cambodia. She also spoke about her work at the MNCC regional forum at the University of Minnesota, Morris last fall.
Lisa Fralish, Hamline University
Lisa Fralish, a junior at Hamline University, is a student leader in a variety of programs focused on social justice, service learning and civic engagement. She is active in supporting the Catalyst Spring Break program through organizing, fundraising, curriculum development and facilitation. She is also involved in MPIRG, serving on the statewide board of directors. She leads voter registration drives and organizes political forums on issues congruent with her values. Lisa believes that students have a voice and that informed citizens are essential to a well-functioning democracy. On campus, Lisa is committed to diversity and multicultural competencies development and has been a leader in the development of recommendations for student civic learning outcomes.
Erica Karrels, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Erica Karrels, a junior at the University of Minnesota Duluth is a student leader active in women’s rights issues. As a Women’s Studies major, Erica has been committed to women’s issues and has been involved in service-learning classes connecting to social issues. Through these curricular experiences she connected with the Program for Aid of Victims of Sexual Assault to become a Sexual Assault Advocate, volunteering on a weekly basis to advocate for women’s rights. As President of “Students Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences” for the past 2 years she has built awareness for community issues while engaging students through service. Erica also attended MN Campus Compact’s Student Leadership Summit in the fall of 2010.
Congratulations to all the recipients!