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Emma Lane '14

Emma Lane 14 Selected as Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

Emma Lane ’14 (Mansfield, Conn.), a public and community service studies major at Providence College, is one of 181 undergraduates nationally to receive the 2013 Newman Civic Fellow Award.

The award honors student leaders who commit themselves to helping communities and bettering the world. It is presented by Campus Compact, an association that dedicates itself to campus-based civic engagement and comprises nearly 1,200 colleges and universities.

Lane was chosen as a fellow for exceptional service involvement on campus and in the community.

At PC, Lane is an executive board member of the Board of Programmers and a leader of Urban Action, a three-day community service program designed for incoming freshmen. She also was recently inducted into the College’s Dirigo Honor Society, which acknowledges student leadership and academic excellence.

In the community, Lane has volunteered at Carroll Tower, a public housing complex for the elderly in Providence. She managed and led reflection sessions for student volunteers, was the central point of communication, and taught English language classes to residents, building strong relationships with them.

Lane also has volunteered for five years for a Connecticut-based non-profit organization, Simply Smiles, which works with the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. She went to Oaxaca last summer, spending nine weeks distributing food, helping to start cooperatives for coffee farmers, and starting health initiatives for children in a local village.

Her desire to help and her passion for service are the primary reasons Lane chose PC.

“My parents instilled a need for service in me. When I was a kid we would go to food pantries and clothes drives,” she said. “The public service major at PC was what drew me to the College. I thought it would be a better way to learn more about service and to help me understand why I do it.”

Creating lasting change

Lane’s words and actions capture the essence of the Newman Civic Fellow Award, which Campus Compact describes as an honor for student leaders who use “college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.”

As one of less than 200 students to be honored, Lane is excited and grateful to receive the award.

“I feel honored to be able to join a community with such inspiring and creative people. I’m surrounded by people with amazing ideas, so it’s a chance to challenge myself and to bring even more ideas to the PC community,” she said.

She added, “I’m grateful for Providence College because of the challenges it has to offer and because of the great people I am lucky to have around me.”

Lane now awaits the start of her senior year and is beginning to think about what she wants to do after graduation. In addition to travelling and working for a non-profit organization, she wants to get into the field of microfinance because there are many talented women in Africa who are aspiring artisans. By working in microfinance, she would be able to provide the small business loans they would need to help start and improve their businesses.

— Nick Tavares ’16

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