Centre College’s mission is to prepare its students for lives of learning, leadership and service. Bonner Leader Katherine Diaz Garcia ’21 (Nashville, Tennessee) is diving deep into the College’s values and will have the opportunity to learn ways to effect change in communities as a Newman Civic Fellow with Campus Compact.
The yearlong fellowship recognizes and supports students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities.
Throughout the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The program also includes virtual learning opportunities and networking with other student leaders.
“The Newman Civic Fellowship not only recognizes outstanding students for their work addressing public problems but also provides them with tools and resourses to nurture their stengths,” said Jessica Weasner, director of community service and the Bonner Program. “It connects them to a community of other engaged student leaders, providing opportunities for collaboration and support.”
The program recognizes students who “engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change” and “demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement,” which are all qualities Weasner says Garcia possesses.
“To me, being a Newman Civic Fellow means gaining more support to continue service related to the immigrant community,” Garcia said.
During the course of the program, Garcia said she would like to gain connections and support from others that prioritize immigrant rights.
She currently serves as the president of Refugee Immigrants Speaking up for Equality (RISE), a club started this academic year that emphasizes immigrant and refugee rights both on- and off-campus. As a Bonner Leader, she serves at Centro Latino, a local non-profit that works with immigrant and migrant communities in Central Kentucky.
Weasner had the opportunity to participate in the UndocuPeers training this past fall, which Garcia was instrumental in both developing and facilitating.
“Though Katherine is only a sophomore, she demonstrates a high-level of initiative, leadership and passion for social change,” she concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
April 1, 2019