About the Fellowship

Campus Compact's “Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.

  • The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring.
  • While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows.
  • Fellows are selected in the spring each year; the fellowship term begins the following academic year.”
  • Campus Compact's website provides detailed eligibility information and  profiles on current Newman Civic Fellows.
  • The SJU Newman Civic Fellow will work on a mutually beneficial project with a local community partner during the academic year.

SJU Application Process

Each year, President Reed has the opportunity to nominate one student leader who has "demonstrated commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities” to be considered for Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes community-engaged student leaders who:

  • Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change.
  • Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization.
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement.

Interested SJU students should submit the following items in one document by December 7, 2020 to Ann Marie J. Keffer, Director, The Faith-Justice Institute at ajursca@sju.edu.

  1. Resume. Resume should include (but is not limited to) student’s major, expected year of graduation and demonstrated commitment to community engagement activities (service and/or advocacy work, community-based internships, research, etc).
  2. Personal Statement. 200 word maximum addressing:
    • Student’s passion for civic engagement and working for social change.
    • Student’s approach and work addressing the root causes of social issues and information including their potential for developing innovative and collaborative contributions to civic/public problem solving.
  3. Community Involvement Summary. Please please include a brief summary of your civic engagement with the community including direct service, advocacy, community-based projects and research participation and leadership.   Additionally, please note any experience (prior work, Summer Scholars, course assignment, volunteer work, etc) you have in these areas.