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MCC student named Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact


Arianna Pittenger
Arianna Pittenger

Mott Community College student Arianna Pittenger has been named to the 2018 Campus Compact cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Pittenger, a Biology/Pre-Med major from Flint, was chosen on the basis of her civic engagement at the College. She is currently president of the MCC Feminist League, vice president of Outreach for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is a member of the MCC Honors College Campus Clown Troupe that uses clowning to promote an anti-bullying campaign. Pittenger is also involved with the MCC chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society, and the TRiO program.

“I believe that lack of education and awareness serve as the root of many of the social inequality issues I've witnessed,” Pittenger said of her involvement, adding “the integration of social diversity classes into the standard curriculum would be a significant step forward in limiting these inequalities.”

“Arianna is a standout member of the MCC family,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “She has distinguished herself through her ability to build meaningful connections with others, and possesses a capacity to persevere in spite of difficult circumstances,” Walker-Griffea added.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including 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 access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. 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.

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March 9, 2018
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