State and National Awards
Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students' assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.
- The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring.
- While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows.
- Fellows are selected in the spring each year; the fellowship term begins the following academic year.
BGSU Newman Civic Fellows
2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellow
Alyssa Tomins is a student double majoring in Political Science and Economics, a Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy scholar, and a highly involved student leader with our BGSU Votes student-led initiative. During her time at BGSU Alyssa has been a community-committed student leader devoting her time to increasing student voter and political engagement, removing voting barriers for students, engaging campus, community members and elected officials in dialogue around social issues and political participation, and organizing events to assist students on campus and across the state of Ohio to explore leadership and public service. As an Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador she has helped lead a team of students with BGSU Votes who increased student voter participation by 23 percentage points in the 2018 midterm election compared to the 2014 midterm election. These efforts have lead to BGSU being designated as a 2019-2020 Voter Friendly Campus and a Silver Seal Award from the All In Campus Democracy Challenge.
2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellow
Ty Weber is a student leader majoring in graphic design with a minor in philosophy, politics, economics, and law. Ty has integrated these academic interests to more fully understand and address social justice issues through design, critical dialogue, and intentional representation. Currently, Ty applies these skills as an intern at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society to produce visual materials associated with programming that addresses social issues. As a developing artist, Ty is pursuing a career where art intersects with community activism to examine and address social issues. This has been evident in Ty’s previous installation art, performance art, and video art exploring topics such as reclaiming space and discourse for indigenous peoples and critiquing performances of politicians and the media in increasing political polarization. Additionally, Ty has committed to service to the community through participation in Alpha Phi Omega and as a student representative of the Student Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
2018-2019 Newman Civic Fellow
Tiffany Smith is a committed educator and activist dedicated to building communities where all people have sustainable access to healthy and nutritious food. Over the last two years she has worked on a variety of projects both within her academic area of Dietetics and Health Promotion and then as the coordinator of our campus food insecurity/hunger alliance. She has brought together campus and community members and organizations to link resources, expertise, and awareness to make a local impact on food access. Tiffany has combined community-based assessment and research with direct feeding programs through mobile food pantries to stimulate creative thinking about how our community can work together to end hunger. Her ability to mobilize and connect diverse constituency groups has resulted in the emergence of innovative ideas about how we can impact food access locally and has created momentum for people to get engaged.
2017-2018 Newman Civic Fellow
Neiko Alvarado, a senior at Bowling Green State University, is a student leader and community organizer addressing issues of reproductive and gender equity as well as racial and environmental justice. Through his involvement on and off campus, he has worked with his peers in various other social justice-oriented organizations to build coalitions. He is currently working with his peers and the local community to provide free, safe transportation for students of color and LGBTQ+ individuals in order to reduce harassment and discrimination while promoting the safety and prosperity of all peoples in the community. Additionally, through his work as a member of our campus Green Fund committee, he has been a student leader making budget allocation decisions regarding sustainable projects to help reduce our environmental impact as an institution.
2016-2017 Newman Civic Fellow
Meg Burrell is a student leader at Bowling Green State University who is passionate about student voter engagement. She has served as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador sponsored by the BGSU Votes initiative and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Her commitment to this issue area stems from her belief that students’ participation in the democratic process is a key solution to address critical issues in our communities. In her leadership roles, she has collaborated to establish campus voter engagement goals, mobilized students to register to vote, educated other students about critical social issues, and facilitated other students’ deeper involvement in the democratic process. Additionally, she has led by example by being involved in high profile governance roles on campus, first as a Senator her first year, and more recently as the undergraduate student Board of Trustees member for 2015-2017.
2015-2016 Newman Civic Fellow
Maddi Georgoff is a tireless leader with an outstanding ability to translate what she learns into action. For the past three years, Maddi has served in the Office of Service-Learning as a Civic Action Leader. In this position, she has assumed significant leadership roles in implementing BGSU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, advising students on volunteer opportunities in Northwest Ohio, and engaging the BGSU community on social justice issues. Though Maddi excels in all she does, her commitment to mobilizing students to address the root causes of social issues deserves special recognition. In her junior year, Maddi founded Bowling Green Alternative Breaks, a student-led organization that plans and implements meaningful alternative breaks. The organization stresses education and reflection as core components of a meaningful service experience. Upon graduation in May 2015, Maddi’s legacy of service will be sustained on campus by the student leaders she has mobilized. As she continues her commitment to the common good through nonprofit work and social action, Maddi will see great success. BGSU is simply a better place because of Maddi Georgoff.