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Hendrix Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

CONWAY, Ark. (March 9, 2022) – Maya Kreczmer ’23, a politics and international relations major at Hendrix College, is one of 173 student civic leaders to be named a 2022-2023 Newman Civic Fellow.

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who stand out for their commitment to creating positive change in communities locally and around the world. Kreczmer will join students from 38 states, Washington D.C., and Mexico to form the 2022-2023 cohort.

“Maya believes the keys to building bridges of awareness and understanding between people in an increasingly polarized world are communication and collaboration,” said Hendrix President Ellis Arnold ’79. “She is committed to making the world a better place for all and spends her time in ways that make positive contributions to her community, on and off campus.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is organized by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The program is named for the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, fellows are nominated by Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors, who are invited to select one outstanding student from their campus each year.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact will provide these students with a year of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities to help provide them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The cornerstone of the fellowship is the Annual Convening of Fellows, which offers intensive skill-building and networking over the course of two days. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“I am excited to utilize the resources of the Newman Civic Fellowship to improve my networking, interpersonal, collaborative, cultural, and self-awareness skills to work for social change in our future,” said Kreczmer. “I believe social issues derive from lack of understanding about different people and their experiences. Communication and collaboration remedy the disconnect.” Kreczmer sees opportunities to seek understanding through interactions in everyday life, such as peer mentoring, discussing opinions in class, or speaking with a family member about the social injustices of our time.

“My previous experiences, including my internships at Heifer International, Arkansas PBS, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, demonstrated to me the wide range of possibilities for civic engagement,” Kreczmer added. “I aim to continue addressing public concerns throughout my life by having meaningful conversations with many types of audiences.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship program is supported by the KPMG Foundation.  

About Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. For more information, visit or email Molly Leiper, Communications Manager, at

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit