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UNC Junior Awarded National Fellowship for Leadership

March 11, 2019

Malaika Michel-FullerA national coalition representing over 1,000 colleges and universities has recognized University of Northern Colorado junior Malaika Michel-Fuller for her leadership and civic engagement.

The Campus Compact selected Michel-Fuller as one of the 262 students nationwide for the Newman Civics Fellowship program. She is the first UNC student to earn the one-year fellowship, which supports students and provides resources to develop social change strategies for public leadership.

“I am proud to represent UNC as a Newman Fellow, and I look forward to building community among likeminded, engaged campus leaders throughout the duration of the fellowship,” she said.

At UNC, Michel-Fuller studies English with a minor in sociology and is pursuing emphases in secondary education and English as a Second Language. She serves as the student trustee on UNC’s Board of Trustees and is the founder and president of UNC’s chapter of IGNITE, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to increasing gender parity in government.

“Engagement defines my experience at UNC and drives my desire to enact grassroots, sustainable social change in my campus, city and state communities,” she said. “Whether leading chants at our Take Back the Night rally or teaching new Americans in a citizenship class at the Greeley Immigrant and Refugee Center, I find myself most fulfilled when I invest in the collective welfare of my fellow peers, colleagues and residents.”

In nominating Michel-Fuller for the fellowship, UNC President Andy Feinstein noted Michel-Fuller’s “prominent role in cultivating a more inclusive campus climate.”

"Malaika is a campus leader who’s active in bridging the gap between access and opportunity for students and community members alike," he said. "She brings not only her innate intelligence, curiosity, empathy and diplomacy, but also invaluable perspective to leadership discussions about how UNC supports students.” 

The nomination was also supported by the UNC’s Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership and the Office of Engagement. Key features of the fellowship include a national conference for students, a monthly virtual speaker series, mentorship and access to scholarship opportunities.

 “We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately need.”

For more information about the Newman program, visit compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship.