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Campus Compact named Lockwood a recipient of a Newman Civic Scholarship, which recognizes and supports community-minded students and is named after Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact.

Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance public goals for higher education, has selected Ryan Lockwood ’24 for the organization’s 2022-23 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Lockwood will join 178 students from 38 states, Washington, DC and Mexico to form the cohort.

Ryan Lockwood ’24

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who stand out for their commitment to creating positive change in local communities and around the world. The scholarship is named after the late Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Scholars are nominated by Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors, who are invited to select one outstanding student from their campus each year.

Lockwood studies business administration, marketing, and political science at Elon and serves as a senator for the Student Government Association and participates in Elon’s vibrant learning community focused on civic engagement. He notes that creating an open dialogue is an effective approach to solving many social problems in the world.

“Bringing together different perspectives around an issue can provide a holistic way to address and resolve political challenges,” Lockwood said in his personal statement for the fellowship. “As a Senator for the Elon University Student Government Association, I participate in weekly civil discussions regarding issues with the university and work toward collaborative solutions.”

Lockwood is also a leader in Elon’s vibrant learning community, which focuses on civic engagement and, he says, provides opportunities for students to come together to discuss global political issues. “I’ve seen many students find common ground in their views and even offer solutions that could potentially become public policy in the future,” Lockwood said. “Civil discourse has always been very important to me and will continue to be my passion as I continue to address social issues.”

Through the scholarship, Campus Compact will provide these students with a year 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 them build the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the annual fellowship meeting, which provides intensive skills building and networking over the course of two days. The scholarship also provides pathways for scholars to apply for exclusive scholarships and postgraduate opportunities.

“We are proud to name such an exceptional and diverse group of students Newman Civic Fellows,” said Bobbie Laur, President of Campus Compact. “Their passion and determination to act on the wide range of issues facing our neighborhoods and communities is inspiring and deeply needed. We look forward to engaging with them through this transformative experience.

In her Lockwood recommendation for the scholarship, Elon President Connie Ledoux Book said he is a student leader who is committed to teaching others to use civil discourse to challenge political polarization and find solutions. solutions to social challenges. “Ryan prepares students to participate in civic engagement opportunities where they can learn community engagement skills and an understanding of their civic responsibilities,” Book said. “He is a leader who challenges students to find commonalities with others across differences and propose solutions that could advance the public good.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship program is supported by the KPMG Foundation. Learn more at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship. You can read more about each of the student leaders selected for this year’s cohort here.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to public higher education goals. Campus Compact supports institutions in achieving their public goals by deepening their ability to enhance community life and educate students in civic and social responsibility.

As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus civic engagement, we provide professional development for administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses to issues communities, develop pilot programs to test and refine promising models of engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and bring together higher education institutions and partners beyond the higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacities. Visit www.compact.org.


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