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Campus Compact Names Duquesne Student Newman Civic Fellow

Duquesne University sophomore Caitlyn Depp has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents committed to improving community life and educating students about civic and social responsibility.

Depp is one of only 162 college student leaders from across the nation to be honored with a Newman Civic Fellow award, which recognizes students who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

A Community Engagement Scholar and integrated marketing communications major, Depp helps adult immigrant students at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council master reading, writing and socialization skills so that they can use their newly developed skills to live in America with confidence and assurance.

"We are so excited for Caitlyn and Duquesne," said Dr. Lina Dostilio, director of academic community engagement in the Office of Service-Learning. "The Newman Fellowship reflects Caitlyn's deep commitment to social justice and acknowledges the energy she has put toward working with her students at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Caitlyn is a great example of many Duquesne students who seek opportunities to become community change leaders by building one relationship at a time."

Depp was nominated for the award by Duquesne University's Office of Service-Learning.

"After only a few weeks at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, students can communicate with simple social phrases, count money and read a calendar," Depp explained. "Over time, they are able to approach and navigate American life efficiently and make a better life for themselves than they have ever dreamed. The skills keep them from falling through the cracks that the American society has created, which so many people, especially foreigners, can slip through.

"When I see the success of the students (at the Literacy Council), I am amazed and inspired to help more and more people who are truly struggling to make a life in America," she added.

Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central, noted the potential, positive impact of the fellows. "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," Dworkin said.

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