St. Catherine University has chosen Ania Salcedo '22 to represent the University as a Campus Compact Newman Fellow, joining the largest group of Newman Civic Fellows to date in the 2020 cohort.
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.
Salcedo, a double major in international studies and history with a minor in political science, is an active member of the Student Senate, has served as president of the Latinx Student Association, and works through St. Kate’s Community Leaders program as a legal intern at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. There, she has assisted Spanish-speaking children and adults with English language acquisition, provided translation services, supported families whose relatives have been detained with the court process, and educated the general public about the complexities of immigration and its ramifications.
The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student from their institution for the fellowship.
“Ania is already living out our University’s vision of ‘educating women to lead and influence’ as seen through her leadership roles at and beyond St. Catherine University, and in particular, her continued commitment to immigrant communities,” said Becky Roloff ’76, president of St. Catherine University. “I have no doubt Ania will continue to work toward justice for immigrants as well as for our entire human family.”
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows 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
Campus Compact is a national coalition of 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.