UW-Parkside student Vanessa Hope a Newman Fellow
University of Wisconsin-Parkside student Vanessa Hope is a 2012 Newman Civic Fellows honoree. The senior pre-pharmacy major from Racine was recognized as an inspiring college student leader who has worked to find solutions for challenges facing the community. The award is given by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents committed to improving community life and to educating students for civic and social responsibility.
Hope is the founder and president of the UW-Parkside chapter of Active Minds, a student-run mental health awareness group that aims to reduce the stigma around mental health issues. She is also a member of the university's pre-Health Club which focuses on giving back to the community through activities such as Make a Difference Day and purchasing and serving meals at area homeless shelters. Campus Compact said Hope, "demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation."
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Hope joins a network of Fellows around the country. Together--sharing ideas and tools through online networking--Fellows leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and continue to set examples for their fellow students and others.
"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can--and does--play in building a better world," said Campus Compact Chair James Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central in a media release.Campus Compact's member college and university presidents from across the country, including University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford, nominated student leaders for the Newman Civic Fellows honor. Vanessa Hope joins Kathryn Evans as a UW-Parkside Newman Civic Fellow. Evan, who was recently named the Student Activities Student Leader of the Month, was honored in 2011.