DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College student Hailey Schultz (’21) has been selected as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Schultz is one of 290 students nationally who will make up the organization’s 2020-2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong 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.
“Hailey’s intellectual curiosity, her interest in understanding community needs, and her commitment to a job well done have consistently impressed me,” Naomi Clark, associate professor of English, said. “Through her college classes, Hailey has discovered the importance of thoroughly researching an issue before taking action, not to mention the personal confidence that researched knowledge gives her in following through on her goals.”
As a Newman Fellow, Schultz will spearhead a project to build on existing data about housing needs in Dubuque by researching how other communities are addressing these needs through housing co-operatives and land trusts.
“I am confident that as a Newman Fellow Hailey would carry forward the mission of Loras College and our Civic Action Plan by bringing innovative, collaborative, and transformative approaches to meeting housing needs in Dubuque,” Clark said, who nominated Schultz for the Fellow honor.
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
“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.”
Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.