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Santa Clara University Sophomore Laura Snowden Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award for Helping to Rebuild New Orleans

Sunday, May. 1, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1, 2011—Campus Compact honored Santa Clara University sophomore Laura Snowden with a Newman Civic Fellow award for being an inspiring college student leader and finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
As a co-founder of the non-profit organization Shirts Across America, Snowden has been tireless in her efforts to contribute to the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans through fund raising, organizing student visits to the region, and keeping this issue a part of public dialogue. She is also a respected student leader on campus who facilitates conversations about diversity and encourages others to work for social change.
Snowden is among the 135 students from 30 states honored with this award, which was named after Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who are eager and prepared to make a difference. He dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.
College and university presidents nominated the best-of-the-best, promising college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
Santa Clara University educates students like Snowden to be leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion through its courses, experiential learning for social justice, civic engagement, and internship opportunities.
About Santa Clara University           
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see
About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some six million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life. For more information, visit

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