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NCCU Student Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Jordan Thomas

For the second consecutive year, an NCCU student has been named a Newman Civic Fellow. Freshman political science major Jordan Thomas is among the 268 newest members of the fellowship program's 2018 cohort.

Freshman political science major Jordan Thomas is among the newest members of the 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

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

Thomas’ interests are in the area of social justice and economic inequality. He seeks to provide legal representation for those unable to secure it.

He is actively engaged in the Youth Justice Project. With the Youth Justice Project, Thomas interacts with superintendents, educators and education attorneys in a collaborative effort to dismantle the pipeline between the criminal justice system and the education system. He has also supported seeking affordable food for students and access to book banks for underprivileged students.

“Jordan has demonstrated a strong passion for social justice as it pertains to members of his community here in North Carolina and the world,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D. “Jordan has shown the kind of relentless pursuit of truth and service that make us proud to call him an Eagle.”

As a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow, Thomas will join the second cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. 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 States Senate.

It also provides participants with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“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 Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

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