Barry Student Named Newman Civic Fellow
Hector Pizarro, a criminology major at Barry University, has been named a recipient of Campus Compact's 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award. The award honors student leaders committed to creating lasting change in communities throughout the country.
As one of the award winners, Pizarro will be a member of the Newman Civic Fellows class for 2014, made up of 197 student leaders representing Campus Compact-member colleges and universities from 36 states and Washington, DC. He was selected because of his commitment to building community and to helping youth realize their true potential.
Pizarro has been actively involved with several organizations that seek to counter injustices, give voice to the youth, and empower local citizens to improve community life. As co-president of Ignite, Barry’s Sociology and Criminology Club, Pizarro is a scholar-activist who has been at the forefront of a campus initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence in the wider community. He remains a board member of Beantown Society, a “by-youth, for-youth” after-school program that he co-founded in Boston, Massachusetts. The program educates at-risk youth about the economy, classism, sexism, and various forms of oppression while motivating them to demonstrate positive attitudes and actions.
A member of Pi Gamma Mu, the international social-science honor society, Pizarro is skilled at bringing diverse groups together. His eagerness to use his knowledge and skills to work for social justice, contribute to public problem solving, and better his community has impressed his peers, faculty members, and community partners alike.
“The 2014 Newman Civic Fellows are an inspiring group of leaders who are already making an impact in communities where they live, learn and serve,” wrote Maureen Curley, president of Campus Compact, in a recent email to Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua. “Thank you for nominating an exemplary student to receive the award.”
Sister Linda made the nomination, as recommended by the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI), based on Pizarro’s selection by the Community Engagement Awards Committee for Barry’s Community Impact Award. Pizarro was one of two recipients of the Community Impact Award during the inaugural year.
The national award is named in honor of Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders, described as a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation.
The Newman Civic Fellows are profiled at the Campus Compact website, www.compact.org.