Notre Dame de Namur University Student Jessica I. Gonzalez Honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow
Undergraduate has volunteered at homeless family shelter and elementary school in Redwood City
For Immediate Release (4/25/2017)
Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is pleased to announce that undergraduate student Jessica I. Gonzalez has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.
“We are proud that Jessica has been chosen as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow,” said President Judith Maxwell Greig of NDNU. “We are particularly proud of Jessica’s work in the community on behalf of homeless families, her literacy coaching of low-income elementary school students, and her exemplary service as an NDNU Bonner Leader.”
“I am deeply honored that Campus Compact considered that I had the potential to become a Newman Civic Fellow, and very thankful as well,” said Gonzalez. “I’m currently volunteering with Reading Partners at John Gill Elementary School in Redwood City, California, helping students improve reading and comprehension skills. Most of these students are immigrants or refugees, or from other low income families. It’s amazing to see how students build self-confidence and improve over time. I wish we had had a program like this when I was younger.”
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact offers learning, networking, scholarship, and postgraduate opportunities; and a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows.
Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.