Vang earns civic award

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Photo of Amee Vang, a junior from Ramsey

Amee Vang, a junior from Ramsey, is a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, a prestigious national honor that recognizes her advocacy for causes such as racial equality and women's rights.

Junior Amee Vang has been named to the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows, a program of Campus Compact that recognizes honorees who exemplify the national organization's mission of encouraging civic engagement among college students.

St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III was one of 162 Campus Compact member college and university presidents from across the country to nominate one outstanding college student leader for the 2012 class. 

Vang and other honorees are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities through service, community-based research and advocacy. In doing so they are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of some of the most pressing social issues challenging society.  

Vang, a math education major and women's studies minor from Ramsey, sets an example for others as she uses creative strategies for social justice in racial equality, immigration and women's rights. Vang has lobbied in Washington D.C., co-directed a fundraising play to assist victims of gender violence, mentored teens, organized gender equity awareness programming and advocated for women of color.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Vang will join a network of Fellows around the country. "These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders," said Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central. "They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can -- and does -- play in building a better world."   

"Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference," said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. "He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform and this new group of Newman Civic Fellows would have inspired him. They are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work."

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents representing some 6 million-plus students who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Those purposes are to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

For more information about the organization and the award, visit

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