NCC Student Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

NCC student Catalina Arenas has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Catalina is one of 268 students nationwide who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

A Liberal Arts and Sciences major, Catalina plans to graduate from NCC with an Associate Degree and attend a four-year institution to earn a degree in Biology. She is interested in molecular biology and wishes to understand how different organisms are structured, their function and how they communicate with each other to create the world we live in. She lives in Stamford and was nominated for this recognition by Courtney Anstett, the Service Learning Coordinator at NCC.

“I have known Catalina for a couple years and have witnessed her eye-opening experiences that have shaped her path, personally and educationally,” Anstett explains. “Her passion for the environment, the earth, and her role in the universe is refreshing and inspiring and it makes me think, ‘what can I do to make this world a better place?’”

Catalina attended the Alternative Spring Break Service Trip to Heifer International in March 2016, which inspired her to dedicate her life to positively impacting the planet through service and education. She is currently the president of the NCC Gardening Club where she volunteers and helps educate the college community about sustainability and sustainable living.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. 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.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.


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 civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit