Claremont, Calif. (May 14, 2014)—Pitzer College student Maria Rodriguez ’15 has been named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents. The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes college student leaders dedicated to finding solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Rodriguez is an active student leader and advocate for immigrant rights. For the past three years she has worked closely with the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition, an undocumented youth-led grassroots organization. At Pitzer, she received a four-year Arnaldo Rodriguez Scholarship.
In 2014, Campus Compact named 197 community-engaged students Newman Civic Fellows. Rodriguez was one of nine college students in California to be named a Newman Civic Fellow.
“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders,” said Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin. “They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.”
The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit http://www.compact.org.