Loras College student Mallory Gardiner (’22) 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. Gardiner is one of 212 students nationally who will make up the organization’s 2021-2022 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.
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.
As a Newman Fellow, Gardiner will continue the work she has started in developing the Loras Civic Leaders program. Gardiner designed training and group projects for her fellow Civic Leaders in partnership with the City of Dubuque staff. Year after year, a new cohort of students has the opportunity to work in teams with city departments and local non-profit organizations on projects focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, in support of the City of Dubuque’s Comprehensive Plan, Imagine Dubuque.
“It is stunning to me to see what Mallory has accomplished as a student at Loras through her civic engagement with the City of Dubuque,” Maggie Baker, Loras service learning coordinator, said. “She has contributed in responsible ways to Dubuque, and her growth and progress have helped us realize the big goals and outcomes we set for ourselves in our Civic Action Plan are within reach.”
Kelly Larson, director of the Human Rights Department of the City of Dubuque, has seen Gardiner’s efforts first-hand.
“I am so impressed with Mallory and her dedication to civic engagement. She has been a joy to work with as a Civic Leader, and she is one of our most engaged and effective Human Rights Commissioners. Young leaders like Mallory give me hope for our future,” she said
As for Gardiner, she is thrilled to see the Civic Leaders program’s work gain recognition through her efforts.
“I am so excited for this wonderful opportunity,” she said. “Being nominated for this award is a recognition of all of the hard work we have put in as we built the Civic Leaders program together! I am looking forward to the progress we can make this next year as we have more time and resources to put into the program. I am also looking forward to meeting other students within the Newman Fellowship!”
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with various 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 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.”
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 educate students for civic and social responsibility.