Fairfield Student is Recognized as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow for Service

Fairfield Student is Recognized as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow for Service

Fairfield University student Camille Giacovas ’18 was recently named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Giacovas is one of 273 students across the country who will be a part of the 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

An international studies major and humanitarian action minor, Giacovas started the Refugee Youth Mentor program at Fairfield. The after-school program allows refugee students between the ages of 13-18 years old to engage in a number of activities with Fairfield students including workshops, tutoring, college essay assistance, recreational activities, and conversation. The program is sponsored by the Center for Faith and Public Life.

She hopes that the program will become a nationwide model for campus-community collaboration. Giacovas stated, “I envision this program as a seed planted at Fairfield University that will flourish into a nationwide initiative…”

Additionally, Giacovas was awarded a $1,500 Campus Sustainability grant to expand support for local refugees by collecting used furniture and home goods from Fairfield students.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a yearlong 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. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. ●F