MCC student Guadalupe Guerrero honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Mott Community College sophomore Guadalupe Guerrero, of North Branch, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Guerrero is one of 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2020-2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
Guerrero, an Honors student at MCC, believes that taking action is the most effective way to solve issues of inequity and injustice. “I am tired, yet I am tirelessly working for change,” she said. During this academic year she helped plan the first Greater Flint “Take Back the Night” event to address the issue of sexual assault. The event brought the community together to advocate for the victims with a rally, march, and speak-outs for victims to share their stories. As president of Mott Community College’s Feminist League, Guerrero organized a book drive for the College’s Early Childhood Learning Center to ensure that children of Flint have access to resources for a better future.
“I believe organization and unity is the key to change and we can no longer wait for someone to fix the world's problems,” she said. “Organized efforts like these helped me to realize who our allies are in making the change we desperately need. We have waited too long for a savior, but now we realize that the power is within us. It is time to act. Whether it is helping children stuck in border jails or women who are victims of human trafficking, through organized efforts I believe we can make tangible change and prevent these tragedies.”
“We are so very proud of Guadalupe for being named a Newman Civic Fellow,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Her assertiveness along with her rapport-building skills are a significant part of her success to empower others to advocate for change.”
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, 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 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. Learn more at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship.
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 www.compact.org.
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