Stonehill junior Hailey Chalhoub was recently named a Campus Compact 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, which recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Chalhoub will join a network of Fellows around the country. Sharing ideas and tools through online networking, the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.
This summer, Chalhoub will be conducting research through the S.U.R.E. Program with Sociology Professor Christopher Wetzel on campus activism, student engagement and global social justice. Next fall she will study health and community development in Kenya.
After graduation, she plans to complete two years of service before moving on to graduate school to earn a Master's Degree in International Development. "I hope to eventually pursue a career in international development and work with grassroots organizations to empower developing communities to raise their standards of living through improved education and health systems, economic development and sustainable development," says Chalhoub.
Chalhoub has interned or volunteered for a number of organizations, including Friends New England, Stonehill's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Stonehill's Center for Nonprofit Management and the College's Office of Community Based Learning Summer Institute.
As the Programming Chair of the Student Government Executive Board at Stonehill, Chalhoub coordinates all major events on campus. She is also a member of the Activism Club, Occupy Stonehill, the ALANA-A Brothers and Sisters Leadership Program, Jamnesty, Students for Environmental Action, and the Africa Service Project.
As a Peer Mentor, she assists with summer and fall Orientation sessions and helps guide first-year students with their transition into college. Chalhoub has also partipated in the H.O.P.E. Alternative Spring Break Program since her first year at Stonehill, travelling to the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Camden, NJ.
Last year, she took part in the Social Justice Training Institute at Cornell College in Iowa and the Catholic Social Teaching Seminar in New York City.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents representing over six million students who are committed to improving community life and to educating fellow students for civic and social responsibility.
Campus Compact's member college and university presidents nominated 162 college student leaders for the 2012 Class of Newman Civic Fellows. The students demonstrate a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities.
Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, the 2012 Class of Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues that challenge us all.
"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can-and does-play in building a better world," notes Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.
Through service-learning courses and other opportunities for community engagement, colleges are developing students' public problem-solving skills, such as the ability to analyze community needs, the willingness to participate in public processes and debate, the commitment to raise awareness about challenges, and the ability to inspire others to become part of solutions.
"Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference," explained Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.
"He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and this new group of Newman Civic Fellows would have inspired him. They are reflections and affirmations of his life's work."
For more information about the organization and the award, visit www.compact.org.
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