Clement earns national award

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Njeri Clement, 2013 Newman Civic Fellows honoree

Njeri Clement, a 2013 Newman Civic Fellows honoree, is a graduate student in the social responsibility master's program.

Graduate student Njeri Clement is among the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows, a group of 181 student leaders from 36 states.

"Njeri is an excellent example of a student leader who thinks and acts both locally and globally" said President Earl H. Potter III, who nominated her for the honor.

Clement is completing her St. Cloud State bachelor's degree with a major in women’s studies and a minor in gerontology. She hopes to pursue a master's degree in Social Responsibility

"Through her education in and out of the classroom, Njeri has developed a broad repertoire of communication and leadership skills that have made her a sought-after speaker and an effective "doer" as well as a strategic thinker," said Potter.

Meet the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows. The awards are given annually by Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.

Clement’s volunteer and leadership activities range from work with mental health, women’s and senior advocacy organizations in Minnesota to organizing awareness building and fund raising for women and children’s issues in her native continent, Africa. 

Originally from Kenya, Clement is a board member of Ngatha International, an organization co-founded by her mother to support orphans in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS and to develop resources for African women. 

She has spoken eloquently in a variety of venues to help strengthen the global connections that lead to opportunity and empowerment as well as peace and understanding. 

For example, she organized a series of workshops, "Connecting Local Women to African Women through Arts and Education," to help sensitize local women to the challenges and experiences of African women living in the United States as well as in Africa.

"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building stronger communities," according to a Campus Compact news release. 

The Newman Civic Fellows awards are named for Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.  

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