About The Newman Civic Fellowship
Wittenberg is a member of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact builds democracy through civic education and community development.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Campus Compact founder Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students 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
As a member of Campus Compact, Wittenberg encourages students to be active citizens that participate in continuous community engagement as a way to fulfill their vocation. The Newman Civic Fellowship honors and encourages students to develop their skills to make social change happen.
For detailed information about the Newman Civic Fellowship, please see the Campus Compact Website.
Wittenberg's 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellow
“Emmanuel Thombs, a financial economics major and second year student at Wittenberg University, has served as the freshman class president and vice president of the Student Senate. Since arriving on campus, he has shown a passion for providing outlets for his peers to voice their opinions and bridging divides in our community. His approach to leadership is to take time to listen and process, and when necessary take a step into the uncomfortable gap between groups. Building off the momentum of helping individuals create strategies for improvement, he plans to connect his academic interest of understanding the allocation and use of resources on a national level to positively impact individuals who need financial support in their day-to-day lives. He believes that one way to address economic inequality is by seeking out ways to help all members of the community make informed financial choices.”
- Michael Frandsen Ph.D, President, Wittenberg University
Past Wittenberg Newman Civic Fellows