Campus Compact has announced the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows which include UConn senior Melissa Lovitz. This year’s class honors a record 201 community engaged students hailing from 36 states and Washington, D.C.
Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. In her nomination, UConn President Susan Herbst wrote:
“Melissa Lovitz, a senior honors student at the University of Connecticut, has deep roots in public service, having spent a gap year before college as a City Year Corps Member in Washington D.C. There she witnessed the problems of access to quality education and income disparity and has since been devoted to unraveling the complexity of education policy, economics and family engagement. Melissa has since spent a semester in Cape Town, South Africa, where she interned at City Mission Educational Services and volunteered at the Cape Town Holocaust Center. She has also spent time in Uganda as an American Jewish World Service Volunteer, helping to build a public radio station at a school for former child soldiers. She has served as a research assistant in UConn’s Neag School of Education and has also been a teaching assistant for BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) in Boston. Her honors thesis, “Identifying Strategies for Family Engagement in Low Income Schools,” emerged from her work as a research intern with Achieve Hartford!, an organization committed to closing the achievement gap in Hartford, CT. Melissa is well on her way to becoming a leader in education reform.”
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. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work. Learn more about Frank Newman.