Lindsey Earl, a graduate student in anthropology at Illinois State University, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow with Campus Compact, a national non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. She is the first Illinois State student to receive the honor.
A native of Littleton, Colorado, Earl is one of 273 students from across the nation chosen for the 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The group will take part in a one-year experience, emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth.
Earl was nominated for the fellowship by the University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, where she is currently in her first year as an Applied Community and Economic Development Fellow.
“Lindsey leads by example,” said Beverly Beyer, associate director of the Stevenson Center. “She works with others to improve communities, and her energetic engagement inspires them to get involved. She will represent Illinois State well as a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.”
Earl is active in the Applied Community Economic Development student group. She has volunteered for Alternative Breaks, worked as a guide for the Tunnel of Oppression program, and is active with the LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute.
“It’s amazing to be recognized for a commitment to public service because it is what drives me, said Earl, who studied environmental sociology at Colorado State University. “I hope the fellowship will help me hone my civic engagement and leadership skills, and help me to inspire others to work toward social justice.”
Interim Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Janet Paterson noted Earl’s work with the fellowship will be an asset to Illinois State. “The campus will benefit from Lindsey’s participation in this leadership development program,” said Paterson. “With the knowledge she gains, she can inspire other future leaders.”
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 exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. For more information, visit www.compact.org and follow @Campus_Compact on Twitter.