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Adrian Villarreal ’21 Named A 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

March 5, 2019

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Recognized for being an exemplary student dedicated to community service, Adrian Villarreal ’21 is a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow. Awarded by Campus Compact—a national coalition of nearly 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education—the Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. He is the fifth TLU student since 2014 to receive this prestigious honor and one of less than 300 students nationwide recognized in 2019. 

Newman Civic Fellows are an inspiring group of students who are already making an impact in communities where they live, learn, and serve.The political science and philosophy double major will have opportunity to join a national network of peers and former Civic Fellows during the year-long fellowship.

According to Campus Compact, this particular fellowship—named after Campus Compact founder Frank Newman—provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions while helping them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.

“Adrian is a student leader passionate about human rights and poverty eradication,” TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey said. “Over the past year, he has served alongside the Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity, which serves TLU's surrounding community of Seguin, TX. In addition to recruiting and facilitating volunteer opportunities for students with Habitat for Humanity at their store and home builds, Adrian has helped to maintain the university's long-standing relationship with this community organization. He is currently working to grow curricular partnerships with Habitat to meet the ongoing needs they have at their store.”

Growing up, Villarreal spent his summers helping his grandmother run the parish food pantry at their church.

“Having this experience throughout my childhood hammered home the idea that every person is entitled to fulfillment of their basic human rights; whether that be a roof over their head or having three warm meals a day, regardless of who they are or where they are from,” Villarreal said. “As I got older and left home for college, my eyes were opened to the people in the university's surrounding community that live without access to their basic rights, similarly to those in my hometown. These cyclical systems of poverty became a pattern I noticed in various communities, and I wanted to lead the effort of finding local solutions. Serving alongside Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity with the TLU Center for Servant Leadership has allowed me to connect my peers with people in need in our community and create advocates for social change.”

TLU Director of the Center For Servant Leadership Morgan Klaser says his spirit and commitment to helping others epitomizes the university's mission of service.

“To have another student recognized as a Newman Civic Fellow again for the third year in a row speaks to the university’s commitment to growing servant leaders that will be active in their communities,” Klaser said. “Adrian is an ambitious student who is passionate about bettering society through the knowledge he’s gained in the classroom. He is an exemplary example of a servant leader and we are proud to have him recognized as a Newman Civic Fellow for 2019-2020.”

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