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Friday, May 26, 2017

DeArmit-picCommunication major Megan DeArmit has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston advocacy group that promotes college involvement in addressing community and social issues. DeArmit is one of 273 students nationwide, and one of only three in Pittsburgh, chosen for the year-long student leadership development program.

In his nomination letter, President Chris Howard pointed to DeArmit's volunteering in voter registration drives and at the Light of Life Rescue Mission. "Immersing herself in grassroots efforts now, Ms. DeArmit is building a resume that suggests a commitment to empowering people to stand proudly and to publicly advocate for themselves," Howard said.

DeArmit is minoring in political science and plans to attend law school and eventually work in media law and political communication. She participated in the 2016 Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics summer leadership institute, attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention through The Washington Center, and registered voters on campus and in the community.

"I’m excited for the opportunity to connect with students who have similar goals and become more civically engaged in the process," she said. "I look forward to learning more about activism and how I can make the disengaged and disinterested feel included and enthusiastic about politics."

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 U.S. Senate in Boston. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.