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Dieu Do Named Newman Civic Fellow

Dieu Do, a junior at Hamline University, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Do is one of 291 students who will make up the organization’s 2020-2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. She is the eighth Piper to be honored with this fellowship. Hamline graduates who have been named Newman Civic Fellows include Margaret Crenshaw '13; Cristina Semi-Wirth '14; Elena Anderson '16; Maleni Mendoza-Garcia '16  Wuang Yang '17; An Garagiola-Bernier '19; and, Conner Suddick '19. 

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a yearlong program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. The students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Do is an active citizen student who is passionate about addressing social justice issues that are impacting our communities. A student government leader at Hamline and active in several local political campaigns, Dieu has already begun her career in public service.

“I am beyond honored and humbled to have been selected to be the next Newman Civic Fellow and represent Hamline University and the broader communities of Minnesota at the national level of public service,” said Do.

“There’s a Vietnamese proverb that states, ‘When eating fruit, remember who planted the tree. When drinking clear water, remember who dug the well,” meaning no matter where one goes in life, to never forget those who have supported, inspired, and believed in you. I want to take a moment to thank my parents, older sister, mentors, peers, and community members who have shown me grace and unconditional love for me to be the woman that I am today,” said Do.

The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors may nominate one student from their institution for the fellowship.

“Dieu is a positive force on our campus and at the state capital in St. Paul,” said Hamline President Fayneese Miller. “I have every confidence that she will achieve her dreams and contribute to making our civic institutions better.”

“This fellowship is my commitment to a lifelong journey of public service; working to make our government system transparent, accessible, and representative of all diverse backgrounds,” said Do.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides the students with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, Fellows are invited to a national, in-person conference of Newman Civic Fellows and participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate 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.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship.

Written by staff.