UNI student selected as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced that Ashley Sánchez from the University of Northern Iowa is among the 268 students chosen to receive the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Ashley Sanchez

Sánchez is a senior majoring in psychology and Spanish at UNI. She is a first-generation college student from a mixed-status family, a McNair Scholar and a double major. After graduating from UNI, Sánchez will be pursuing a master's degree in sociology from Northern Illinois University. She hopes that her graduate degree will help her advance her dream of advocating for and empowering undocumented citizens.

"Ashley is articulate, full of energy, knowledgeable and an effective communicator," said UNI President Mark Nook. "She reflects the spirit of the Newman Civic Fellowship in a variety of ways evidenced through her investment of time and talent to advocate for immigrant rights and her desire to continuously improve and make UNI and the Cedar Valley a better community."

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 State Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation. For more information about Campus Compact and the full list of 2018 Newman Civic Fellows, visit compact.org/newman-civic-fellow/.


Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu