Meet the 2018 Iowa Newman Civic Fellows

March 4, 2018

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

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 pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. Fellows from Iowa are also invited to participate in our Engaged Campus Awards and Summit, Civic Action Academy and the Midwest Campus Compact Conference.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The 2018 cohort of Fellows includes nine fellows from nine institutions across Iowa. Iowa Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers:

Amanda Miley, a third-year student at Buena Vista University, is a student leader who has been instrumental in volunteer and capacity building our alternative spring break program, Alternative Week of Offsite Learning (A.W.O.L.).  Read more about Amanda.

Briana Gipson, a third year student at Coe College, has made significant contributions on campus and in our local community. Perhaps the most notable activities are her involvement with researching and presenting African American history in our region, where she has taken a leadership role. Read more about Briana.

Kaylee Crouse, a third year student at Cornell College, is a strong civic leader who engages herself and others in community engagement. To act on her passion for environmental issues, Kaylee has traveled to Costa Rica with a course for community-based research on the local sea turtle population and has spent two summers interning at the Blank Park Zoo. Read more about Kaylee.

Julie Uram, an Environmental Sustainability and Rhetoric, Media & Social Change double major at Drake University, is a student leader active in addressing issues of food insecurity. Since coming to Drake, she has been a leader with the Next Course Food Recovery organization that recovers untouched food from the dining halls and delivers it to local agencies. Read more about Julie.

Reilly Kuhn, a third year student at Loras College, is a student leader active in addressing issues of equity and inclusion as it relates to persons with disabilities as well as a leader addressing issues of equity, sustainability and inclusion as it relates to health. Read more about Reilly.

Kailyn Robert is sophomore majoring in Political Science, International Affairs, and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish at Morningside College. As an active member of multiple student organizations, including the Morningside Civic Union, the Morningside Mock Trial Team, the Connie Wimer Women’s Leadership Program, and Omicron Delta Kappa, Kailyn has quickly emerged as a student leader on campus. Read more about Kailyn.

Danielle Bates, an undergraduate student and Culver Fellow at Simpson College, is an accomplished leader in student civic engagement. As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, she has led successful voter registration drives, organized voter engagement programs on campus, and shared her insights with other student leaders at national and statewide conferences. Read more about Danielle.

Ashley Sánchez is a first-generation college student from a mixed status family, a McNair Scholar, and is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa. Ashley is passionate about creating change and making the world a better place. She strives to create an inclusive and caring community in order for everyone to feel welcome. Read more about Ashley.

Madison Bloker, a third year student at Wartburg College has been seeking out leadership and service opportunities since elementary school. As a Baldwin Fellow on Wartburg Campus, Madison created and published a book to raise money for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The book has now turned into an inspirational newsletter and blog. Read more about Madison.

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 1000+ 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