UM Student Named Newman Civic Fellow

March 20, 2018

Sophie MoonMISSOULA – Sophie Moon, a political science and environmental studies student at the University of Montana, recently was named a Newman Civic Fellow. She is one of seven students across Montana to earn this honor.

Newman Civic Fellows are young leaders nominated by college and university presidents who are part of Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 institutions committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic social responsibility.

Moon’s passion lies at the intersection between social and environmental justice. As chair of the board of directors for the Montana Public Interest Research Group, Moon transformed challenges into opportunities for growth, inspiring and energizing others to recommit to their causes. She also works on a local farm through UM’s Program for Ecological Agriculture and Society, mentors high school youth who are in the correctional system and grows food for the Missoula Food Bank.

“My passion for sustainable agriculture, large-scale environmental change and the legal field was inspired by my coursework in environmental studies and political science at the University of Montana, as well as my experiences interning with MontPIRG and the PEAS farm,” Moon said. “I am especially grateful for the leadership opportunities I have had as an intern and as the current chair of MontPIRG, as these have empowered me to become the civic leader that I am today.”

Moon recently testified during the 2017 Montana legislative session, striving to increase access to sustainable energy solutions. She consistently leads by example, works to bring out the best in others and helps her peers develop their own leadership potential.

“My career goal is to support environmental, social and economic justice as a lawyer in antitrust law and policy in the agricultural sector,” Moon said.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG and Newman’s Own foundations. Through service, research and advocacy, these Fellows make the most of their college experience to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

For more information about Campus Compact, Montana Campus Compact or the award, visit or A full list of the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows can be found at


Contact: Josh Vanek, associate director, 406-243-5175,