Senior Hayoung Kim named Newman Civic Fellow

Hayoung Kim
March 26, 2013

Hayoung Kim, a senior from Rockville, Md., has been named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow, one of 181 student leaders nationwide who demonstrates an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities. She was nominated for the honor by McDaniel president Roger N. Casey.

Students named Newman Civic Fellows make the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building stronger communities,” notes Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. 

A political science and international studies major, Hayoung Kim has traveled abroad to China, Tibet, South Korea, Macedonia and Nicaragua, where she participated in international study programs and volunteer work. This includes studying at the Preparing Global Leaders Institute, where she joined other young leaders being trained in conflict resolution and prevention. These experiences have fueled her heart with passion addressing conflict issues not just for the United States, but also for the world, motivating her tireless dedication and passion to foster diplomacy through understanding and tolerance of different communities.

Besides her two years of leadership experience with the McDaniel College Student Government Association and Global Fellows Program, she has also interned in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Justice. These experiences have given her insight into both the history at the root of global conflict in local communities abroad and different leadership perspectives of political leaders, and will enable her to achieve her goal of becoming a leader in conflict resolution for the United States.

Furthermore, Hayoung Kim is an entrepreneur having started her own company, Bridge Education Abroad Institute, Inc., making study abroad opportunities available to more students.

About the company, she said, “From empowering students to exposing them to different political cultures, Bridge Education Abroad Institute provides unique experiences for its participants. We provide opportunities for students to strengthen their leadership and diplomatic skills. Bridge Education Abroad Institute will support students worldwide to broaden their horizons in this quickly changing world. Students from all over the world will get together to discuss relevant issues and exchange cultural values. We believe this cultural exchange between students is a critical step in solving many arising problems around the world.”

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference.  This class of Newman Civic Fellows embodies this spirit and dedication.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

Click here for a full list of 2013 Newman Civic Fellows.