PC Student Selected as Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact
Providence, R.I. — Providence College student Magali Garcia-Pletsch ’13 (Norwood, Mass.) has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national organization that promotes community service among college students and faculty.
In addition, two PC students have been awarded grants from Rhode Island Campus Compact for their outreach projects.
Garcia-Pletsch was one of 162 students in 32 states to be named a Newman Civic Fellow. The award recognizes “inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities,” Campus Compact said.
Garcia-Pletsch was nominated by Dr. Nicholas V. Longo ’96, associate professor of public and community service studies and director of the Global Studies Program.
“Magali is someone who has a vision for the kind of world she would like to see and then she works really hard to put her idealism into action,” said Longo. “She has depth, passion, and empathy and is very deserving of the Newman Civic Fellow Award.
“It’s a great testament to her commitment to social justice, her service to the community, and her leadership on some of the most challenging issues confronting our world,” Longo said.
Garcia-Pletsch, who is majoring in global studies and minoring in public and community service studies, has volunteered at the International Institute of Rhode Island, supporting refugee families, and at Providence CityArts for Youth, teaching photography to inner-city youth.
She also has interned as a community organizer, helped lead courses in community organizing and global studies with faculty, and is a leader in multi-cultural groups on campus.
This semester, Garcia-Pletsch, a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program, is studying indigenous peoples and globalization in Cuzco, Peru.
Garcia-Pletsch “demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation,” Campus Compact said.
“Service encompasses all that is activism and community organizing,” said Garcia-Pletsch. “It is redefining leadership and power structures by working with people — especially working with those most affected by the system you’re working to change. That is the most important lesson I’ve taken away from my service experience: the amazing power of working with people to inspire changes of all kinds!”
She thanked members of the global studies and Feinstein Institute for Public Service communities for their support, along with “past and present” members of the Board of Multicultural Student Activities.
Raise Your Voice grants awarded
In addition, Kathleen Reside ’12 (Pennington, N.J.) and Valerie Chase ’14 (Charlton, Mass.) were among four students in the state to be awarded President Irving Schneider Raise Your Voice grants by Campus Compact.
Students compete for the grants by writing applications describing how to “raise their voices” on issues important to them, said Carie Hertzberg, executive director of Rhode Island Campus Compact.
Reside, a public and community service studies major, will receive $500 to bring a storytelling duo known as “Climbing PoeTree” to campus for a performance on Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Reside reached out to groups across campus to fund-raise for the event. Audience members will share personal stories through “S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D.” — “Stories, Testimonies, Intentions, Truths, Confessions, Healing, Expressions, Dreams” — a project that encourages people to express themselves through artistic means.
Chase, who is majoring in public and community service studies and French, will receive $200 to develop a magazine for Youth Pride, a Providence organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youths ages 13 to 23. Over four days, the youths will create artwork, poetry, and photographs for the magazine, using disposable cameras provided to them. Volunteers from PC will join them to celebrate the conclusion of the project.
— Vicki-Ann Downing