Wilbur Wright College Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

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Yehuda Goldbloom recognized for commitment to solving problems and building community.

CHICAGO—(March 14)— Campus Compact, national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has named 173 student civic leaders who will make up the organization’s 2022-2023 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Yehuda Goldbloom, a student at Wilbur Wright College, will join students from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to form the cohort.

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who stand out for their commitment to creating positive change in communities locally and around the world. The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, fellows are nominated by Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors, who are invited to select one outstanding student from their campus each year.

“I’m honored to be awarded the fellowship, and I’m looking forward to exchanging ideas with the other fellows,” said Yehuda Goldbloom, Wilbur Wright’s newest recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship. “My goal is to learn and share my knowledge with others. This fellowship will help connect me with community leaders who are making their campuses stronger and more welcoming.”

Yehuda Goldbloom, a lifelong Chicagoan, serves as a senator in Wright College’s Student Government and is the director of the Wright Trax committee. As a student involvement ambassador, he can be found assisting other committees, attending club meetings, or writing for the student newspaper.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact will provide these students with a year of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities to help provide them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the Annual Convening of Fellows, which offers intensive skill-building and networking over the course of two days. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“Yehuda Goldbloom exemplifies civic responsibility and outreach with impact,” said David Potash, President of Wilbur Wright College. “He is dedicating hundreds of hours of his personal time to build community for everyone at Wright. He is making our diverse campus a more welcoming place. We are very proud of him and I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

“We are proud to name such an outstanding and diverse group of students Newman Civic Fellows,” said Campus Compact President Bobbie Laur. “Their passion and resolve to take action on the wide range of issues challenging our neighborhoods and communities is inspiring and deeply needed. We cannot wait to engage with them through this transformative experience.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship program is supported by the KPMG Foundation. Learn more at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship. You can read more about each of the student leaders selected for this year’s cohort at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/the-2022-2023-newman-civic-fellows.

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Campus Compact is a national coalition of 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 civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit www.compact.org.

Wilbur Wright College is a Center of Excellence for pathways in Engineering and Computer Science and one of seven City Colleges of Chicago. Part of its vision is to be recognized as the city’s most accessible higher education engine of socioeconomic mobility and racial equity—empowering all Chicagoans to take part in building a stronger and more just city. Programs range from two-year associate degrees to several weeks-long occupational certificates, free courses for the GED and free English as a second language (ESL) courses.