Westminster Student Named a Newman Civic Fellow

Mar 26, 2013

Mar. 26, 2013 Sarah Schafer recognized for work with refugee community in Salt Lake City SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College sophomore Sarah Schafer has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Schafer is one of 181 students from 36 states recognized as next generation public problem solvers and civic leaders. Sarah Schafer cares deeply about the state of Salt Lake City's educational and refugee services system. Sarah serves as a program coordinator for "Mentoring for Moo" that enlists Westminster College students to tutor and mentor students at a local youth refugee after school program, Hser Ner Moo (HNM) Community and Welcome Center. Since the start of this program, Sarah has gotten a two-hour a week commitment from twenty Westminster students to serve as tutors and mentors at the HNM Center. Campus Compact honors student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Fellows are nominated by their college presidents as examples of the role that higher education plays in building a better world. "Sarah has a passion to make a positive impact on our community," said Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Westminster College president. "That passion, combined with her leadership skills to get others involved, directly contributes to positive change in the community and exemplifies Westminster's commitment to social responsibility and civic engagement." Sarah also serves as a Westminster College Peer Mentor for a Balanced Lifestyle, as well as an interpreter for a clinic that provides healthcare for the uninsured. She has organized a coat drive, a holiday helper program, and served as a soccer coach for the HNM Center. "Seeing the refugee children and mentors connect is the greatest feeling you can have," said Schafer. "These relationships make all the difference for both the Westminster students and the kids at Hser Ner Moo." For more information on Campus Compact and Newman Civic Fellows visit www.compact.org/initiatives/awards-programs/the-frank-newman-leadership-award/the-2013-newman-civic-fellows.

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