DUBUQUE, Iowa – Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Loras College’s Angela Richardson (’19).
Richardson, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, is a student leader active in addressing issues of religious intolerance and understanding through communication. For the past two years, she has worked with Better Together, Interfaith Youth Core and Children of Abraham to address interfaith dialogue, bringing together communities, and understanding other faith traditions.
“Angela works to overcome the status quo and encourages others to engage with a wide diversity of individuals, in particular, those of other faith traditions,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said.
In the near future, Angela hopes to work on education inequality and scientific literacy issues in the local Dubuque school community.
As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Richardson will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. 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.
“I believe that peace and a better future can only be achieved through intentional action and the concerted effort of communities,” Richardson said. “Much of the work I do with Better Together, a college level subsidiary of the Interfaith Youth Core, is aimed at uniting communities to accomplish common goals and educating individuals on the importance of unprejudiced dialogue.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.