Campus Compact, a national non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019–2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Buffalo State junior Chrisjarvell Adams.
A business administration major, Adams is a member of the Men of Merit program and serves on its advisory board. The campus-based organization partners with other local colleges to provide support and motivation to underrepresented male students. Adams also has been instrumental in providing employment opportunities to Buffalo State students through his role as a manager at Tops Friendly Markets, and he’s donated clothing and food to help homeless individuals in the community.
“Chrisjarvell is a dynamic student committed to social justice, civic engagement, and community service,” wrote Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner in her letter nominating Adams for the fellowship. “He is professional and confident, has outstanding leadership skills, and is a terrific collaborator. He is valued on campus for his ideas, insights, and commitment to social responsibility.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems.
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 in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides them 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 Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.
About Campus Compact
A national coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Boston-based 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, Campus Compact provides 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.