Meredith Sophomore Named a Newman Civic Fellow

Meredith College sophomore Monserrat Alvarez has been named a member of Campus Compact’s 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. These students are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.

Alvarez has worked for education and immigration reform. Her efforts include founding the youth movement of NC Heroes Emerging Amongst Teens (NC HEAT); the Grilled Cheese Bus (youth job training and community organizing initiative) and Angeles Latinas (an advocacy club serving the Meredith campus and Raleigh community). She also participated extensively in the controversial Wake County Schools neighborhood student assignment issue, and was cited in The News and Observer as one of ten citizens who most influenced the outcome of the vote. She also presents articulately in the community on the call for immigration reform.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Alvarez will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together — sharing ideas and tools through online networking — the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world,” notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.

Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students’ public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.

Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by member college and university presidents from across the country. Alvarez is one of 162 Newman Civic Fellows from 32 colleges and universities.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million+ students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit

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