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Spokane native Cameron Conner honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Spokane native Cameron Conner, a junior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., has received a Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. He is one of just 262 students nationwide who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

Named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, the fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. 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 apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

Conner co-founded Conscious Connections Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that responds to healthcare, education and infrastructure challenges in Nepal. Through his community-based research and community organizing strengths, Conner has overseen day to day operations and has participated in significant fundraising efforts to create sustainable resources for this work to continue since his gap year there in 2015, following the devastating earthquake. Locally, he is committed to community-based efforts around voter registration, enhancing civil rights education in public schools and leading inclusive, problem-solving conversations on campus through his role as a resident advisor and presenter at Whitman’s Power & Privilege Symposium and Whitman Undergraduate Conference.

“Cameron embraces both the ‘life of the mind’ and the civic engagement that Whitman hopes are values and approaches to life that our students and alumni will carry forth into the world,” said Whitman College President Kathleen Murray, who nominated him. “He has found ways to incorporate his significant social entrepreneurship experience abroad into his academic and social life here at Whitman.”

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About Whitman College: Founded in 1882, Whitman College is a highly selective private, independent, co-educational, non-sectarian residential liberal arts college located in Walla Walla, Washington. The college is home to approximately 1,500 undergraduates exploring 45 departmental majors that lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Whitman College students develop capacities to analyze, interpret, criticize, communicate and engage. A concentration on basic disciplines, in combination with a supportive residential life program, fosters intellectual vitality, confidence, leadership and the flexibility to succeed in a changing technological, multicultural world.

About Campus Compact:
Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the
largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs
to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civil leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit www.compact.org.

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