Salve Regina announces Newman Civic Fellow for 2022-23 academic year
It is with great honor that Salve Regina is announcing Lindsey S. Smith ’24 as the 2022-23 College Compact Newman Civic Fellow. Chosen out of a group of 173 students from 38 states and Mexico, Smith will be given the opportunity to build upon her leadership skills and develop more ways to help the community at large.
The College Compact Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports students who are committed to their community and who strive towards change and problem-solving at Campus Compact institutions.
As a sophomore at Salve Regina in the Pell Honors Program, Smith is working towards a double major in social work and Spanish. Dedicated to helping the community around her, Smith has been a service advocate at the Newport String Project, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
“[At the Newport String Project], I dedicated 100 hours of service work before I left in January,” explained Smith. “I was able to teach students how to play instruments and assist the teachers there with anything they needed.”
But Smith’s acts of service truly started her freshman year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As a freshman, Smith worked with Learning Unlimited, an organization set to create educational opportunities for students. Through Zoom, she was able to connect with individuals in the Newport community with learning disabilities.
“Although we were not allowed to meet in person, this organization worked hard to make the experience as close to in-person as possible through different games and activities each week,” Smith explained. “I formed a wonderful bond with my partner and looked forward to talking with her each week.”
Starting next semester, Smith will begin her junior placement for social work, giving her the chance to further explore and develop her work with the community and those in need.
Smith thanks Kelly Powers, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service; Dr. Heather Pizzanello, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and McAuley Scholar; and Dr. Mary Montminy-Danna, professor in the Department of Social Work. She is grateful for their support and guidance in teaching her how to make an impact on the community. She is also grateful to for Dr. Kelli J. Armstrong, president of Salve Regina, for electing her to this position.
“I am honored to be selected for this enriching experience and to have the ability to eventually meet and work with others who have been selected by their universities,” she said.
Article written by student writer Taylor Majkowicz ’22