Social change through art earns Westminster student a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow award

Teresa Bagdasarova

March 15, 2018

Westminster College congratulates junior Teresa Bagdasarova as a recipient of the 2018 Newman Civic Fellow award. The national fellowship recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Westminster president Stephen Morgan nominated Bagdasarova for her dedication to creating social change through academic and co-curricular programs. In her leadership role at a Title 1 school, Bagdasarova used art to motivate social change, working with students to celebrate diversity through artistic expression.

Bagdasarova has also used her role as vice president for the Westminster College Entrepreneurship Club to create a business challenge to mentor middle-school-aged students to develop professional skills through hands-on work.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.

"Teresa's commitment to taking leadership roles to understand and address community issues and enhance academic programs is truly admirable," Morgan said.

Bagdasarova comes from an Armenian immigrant/refugee family and is passionate about working with Promise South Salt Lake students, many of whom are refugees. She understands the hardships they face and wants to provide them opportunities to be successful, safe and happy.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Bagdasarova will have access to training and resources to further her passions and develop strategies to achieve social change. 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.

After graduation, Bagdasarova will pursue a dual law/metropolitan planning degree and attain experiences that will help her achieve her career goal of becoming an art director. She hopes to create an art program that will provide resources to refugee/immigrant youth communities and opportunities for students to showcase their work and represent their diversity.