MWCC is pleased to announce the inclusion of Human Services student Paige Landry in the 2021-2022 Newman Civic Fellowship cohort. Landry is one of only 212 students from 39 states, Washington, DC, and Mexico to earn this honor.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program for students from Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, 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.
Landry is President of Phi Theta Kappa Honors (PTK) Society, President of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Honors Society, President of the MWCC Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club, and a member of the Student Government Association. Off-campus, Landry volunteers with the Lowell Alliance diaper pantry.
In her role as PTK President, Landry developed and implemented a mask-making project, resulting in the distribution of nearly 500 masks to local organizations working with developmentally delayed and disabled individuals. Additionally, she spearheaded a virtual wellness yoga relaxation session the week of finals; and, with her fellow PTK members, developed and shared a student guide to being successful in virtual classes.
This semester, she is working on a 150 hour internship launching the new Diversity and Inclusion Center at Mount Wachusett Community College. In this capacity, she is volunteering to ensure this much needed resource has a successful launch in a virtual environment.
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 nominate student leaders from their campuses to be named Newman Civic Fellows.
“Paige is incredibly engaged both on and off-campus,” stated James Vander Hooven, President. “She truly cares about her community and the success and well-being of those who live here.”
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides Fellows with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities to help provide them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the Annual Convening of Fellows, which offers intensive skill-building and networking over the course of two days. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
“We are proud to recognize these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The experience of the last year has driven home to all of us that we need open-minded, innovative, public-spirited thinkers and doers. That is what Campus Compact is about, and the stories of our Newman Civic Fellows demonstrate it’s who they are.”
Learn more at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship. You can read more about each of the student leaders selected for this year’s cohort at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/2021-2022-newman-civic-fellows.
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. Visit www.compact.org.