News Release: McDaniel College Sophomore Named Newman Civic Fellow

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April 03, 2017

April 3, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



One of 273 community-committed college students recognized by Campus Compact 

Jasmin Chavez, a double major in political science and Spanish, resides in Falls Church, Va.

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel College sophomore Jasmin Chavez of Falls Church, Va., has been named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, one of 273 student leaders nationwide recognized by Campus Compact. 

She was nominated for the honor by McDaniel President Roger N. Casey for her passion for community engagement, social justice and volunteerism. 

In his nomination, President Casey wrote that Chavez “plans to serve her community by running for Congress in the future and hopes to be an inspiration to students who come from low-income backgrounds and are first-generation in their family.” 

Chavez, a double major in political science and Spanish, is founder and president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) student organization at McDaniel. She is also a Global Fellow and is currently serving as an advisory board member for the college’s Global Bridge program for U.S.-based students who were born or grew up abroad or are bicultural or binational. She is also a resident advisor for first-year students, an admissions ambassador and a senator in the Student Government Association. 

In addition, she is one of only 50 students from across the country selected as a 2017 national fellow for the Young People For (YP4), a leadership development program for the newest generation of progressive leaders.

As a freshman, she received a Griswold-Zepp award from the college to organize STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshops for at-risk youth from Falls Church’s Culmore neighborhood.

Also during her freshman year, Chavez was one of four students from across the country selected to intern at the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics. She has also been awarded a silver Presidential Service Award in Washington, D.C. 

According to Campus Compact, the Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. 

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. 

For more information about Campus Compact and to view a full list of 2017 Newman Civic Fellows, visit

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Editor’s Note:  Image of Jasmin Chavez is available for download.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.