TLU Student Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award
April 28, 2014
Each year, Campus Compact—a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—presents Newman Civic Fellow awards to students around the nation. This year, Texas Lutheran University student Laura Torres ’15 was chosen for her commitment to civic engagement and community involvement. The award not only highlights service, it gives recipients networking opportunities, information about national service projects and invitations to statewide or regional conferences.
Torres, a junior communications studies major, is a member of the Partnership Council, a group of Seguin community leaders and TLU faculty, staff and students. Through the power of partnership, Torres has actively strengthened both the TLU and Seguin communities and currently serves as the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the 2014 Seguin Respect Campaign, an initiative focused on recognizing the dignity and essential worth of all persons. She is at the center of coordinating efforts between more than 30 different organizations, 20 distinct events and a wide variety of supporting activities. Torres is also president of the Mexican-American Student Association and a support staff member to TLU peer mentors, who reinforce retention and success among first-generation TLU students.
“Being able to serve my community of Seguin and TLU has been my way of repaying those who have helped me,” Torres said. “Growing up, I always saw causes that needed help and I would think to myself, ‘Why doesn't someone help them?’ My time at TLU and the Center for Servant Leadership has taught me that the only way service can be done is if individuals take on a task as a community. You can't wait for others; you have to be that change. So now when a project is at hand, I've realized that instead of concentrating on that voice that questions whom and why, we instead need to act on answering with when and where.”
About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information, visit www.compact.org.
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