Campus Compact Announces 2019 Newman Civic Fellows

March 15, 2019

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.  

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student who has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. 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.”

The 2019-2020 cohort of Fellows includes 3 fellows from 3 institutions across the Great Plains. Campus Compact for the Great Plains is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers:

  • Atziri Valadez from College of Saint Mary. Atziri is a strong civic leader with a passion for immigration issues. She is majoring in Paralegal Studies and minoring in History. Atziri has been involved with Students for Justice, a social justice club on campus, Young Nebraska in Action, and the Immigrant Legal Center in Omaha. Her long-term goal is to become an immigration attorney. Read more about Atziri here
  • Bailey Bindle from Peru State College. Bailey is double majoring in Criminal Justice Counseling and Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Counseling. She leads Feeding 44, a collaborative outreach program which serves the food needs of 150 families in Nemaha County. Bailey also serves on the SADD National Advisory Council as National Vice President of Communication. Read more about Bailey here.
  • Lizbeth Perez Hernandez from University of Nebraska Omaha. Lizbeth is a civic leader addressing financial inequality. She has taught basic financial literacy skills to middle school students, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club Stock Market Challenge, and served at a daycare for low-income families during a study abroad in South Korea. Lizbeth is also majoring in Business Administration and Economics and Management. Read more about Lizbeth here

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at


About Campus Compact:

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ 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. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit