Pell Center announces inaugural class of Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows

In the spirit of a lifetime of service and leadership exemplified by the late Nuala Pell, the Pell Center has selected 12 students to represent the distinguished inaugural class of fellows of the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service.

The students, all members of the Class of 2017, were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive leadership development training throughout the course of the 2014-2015 academic year. They are: Uma Chapagain, Lauren Cronshaw, Caitlin Downing, Giana Fazzino, William Humes, Julia Morisi, Mary Pawlusiak, Dan Regan, Garrett Rupe, Shauna St. Pierre, Kyle Wells and Dakota Williams.

A longtime University trustee and honorary degree recipient, Nuala Pell was the wife of Sen. Claiborne Pell, longest serving senator in Rhode Island history. Prior to her death earlier this spring, she helped design and create the program that now bears her name.

President Jane Gerety, RSM, praised the selected students for their commitment to leadership and service. “We are called by our mission and our vision for this institution to prepare students for lives of distinction in service to others,” she said. “These young men and women have embraced that call and we are so very proud of them.”

Nuala Pell Fellows will participate in 60 hours of seminar instruction on leadership and the complex challenges facing effective leaders today. They will also undertake a community service project and turn their attention to public issues with an understanding about how their voices can change the conversation.

The program will be delivered by Pell Center staff, along with members of the faculty. Seminars will be leavened with outside speakers whose personal experience or story of leadership will educate and inspire.

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