Northwestern student honored as 2020 Newman Civic Fellow

March 13, 2020

Northwestern student Landry Gaddy of Alva was named a 2020 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

Landry Gaddy, freshman political science major at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been named a 2020 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The organization’s 2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows is comprised of 290 students, including Gaddy.

“I am honored to represent Northwestern and the community of Alva,” Gaddy said. “This fellowship will provide an enormous opportunity to network with civic-minded students and experts from around the United States.

“While growing up in Alva, I have been exposed to some of the most supportive, giving, and civic-minded individuals who inspire me to do my part in making Alva a better place. I plan to use this opportunity to learn from experts about civic issues, raise awareness for my platform which provides items for students in need, and share my passion for civic service.”

The Alva native is an active member of the University’s Student Government Association, Delta Zeta social sorority and President’s Leadership Council. She has volunteered in numerous capacities with her church and community, while also founding The Goldbug Closet, which provides gently used clothing and to students in need.  

“Gaddy realizes the importance of civic engagement and understands the amount of effort needed,” Dr. Kay Decker, professor of sociology, said. “Going through this program will give her additional strategies to increase engagement and she will use this experience to benefit herself and our University.”

Gaddy has seen first-hand the commitment a community can make to a situation and knows that when members work together, the quality of life increases positively for the entire community. She plans to continue to strive for civic engagement and will pursue a law degree upon graduation from Northwestern.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth. 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 United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

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