Providence, R.I. – Magali Garcia-Pletsch ’13, a resident of Norwood, Mass., and a global studies major with a minor in public and community service studies at Providence College, was recently selected one of 162 undergraduates from 32 states to receive a Newman Civic Fellow Award by Campus Compact.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents--representing some 6 million students--who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.
The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. They are nominated by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in civic and social responsibility and in public leadership.
Garcia-Pletsch has volunteered at the International Institute of Rhode Island supporting refugee families and Providence CityArts for Youth, teaching photography to inner-city youth. She has also interned as a community organizer and helped co-lead courses in community organizing and global studies with faculty on campus. She is also a leader in several multi-cultural student groups at PC.
Garcia-Pletsch, a member of the Liberal Arts Honors program, was initially recommended for the honor by Nick Longo, associate professor public and community service studies, and director of the global studies program at PC.
“Magali is someone who has a vision for the kind of world she would like to see and then she works really hard to put her idealism into action,” said Longo. “She has depth, passion, and empathy and is very deserving of the Newman Civic Fellow Award.
“It's a great testament to her commitment to social justice, her service to the community, and her leadership on some of the most challenging issues confronting our world,” said Longo.
Currently, Garcia-Pletsch is spending a semester in Cuzco, Peru studying Indigenous Peoples & Globalization.
Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. For more than a decade, Providence College has consistently been ranked as one of the top five regional universities in the north in U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges.