MISSOULA – University of Montana political science major Isabel Langlois has been honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, a one-year fellowship for community-engaged college students who attend Campus Compact institutions.
Campus Compact is a national network of more than 1,000 colleges and universities that advance the public purposes of higher education. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.
Langlois, who is from Rome, Georgia, is one of 11 students from the state of Montana and one of 273 students nationally to be honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Her cohort will be the first to participate in an exciting new approach to the fellowship, which emphasizes personal, professional and civic growth.
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides students with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
“Isabel takes an interdisciplinary approach to tackling issues of social justice, public health and the environment and seeks out the most inclusive and empowering approaches to public problem-solving,” UM President Sheila Stearns wrote in nominating Langlois for the honor. “Isabel has proven herself to be an incredibly effective force for positive change, both on campus and in the community.
“For the past year, she has been deeply involved with several campus and community initiatives addressing sustainable transportation, leveraging her connections with each organization to ensure all would collectively benefit,” Stearns continued. “Isabel’s commitment to collaborative problem-solving, bridge-building and sustainable solutions makes her an effective and innovative leader who motivates and inspires others.”
Langlois hopes to work in a federal agency such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she can apply an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach to environmental health issues on a local scale. She wants to facilitate discussion and planning in and between communities to create resilient environmental health plans for future environmental health concerns such as toxicology, drought and natural disasters.
In the spirit of Newman’s leadership, college presidents and chancellors are invited annually to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.