Student named 2017 Newman Civic Fellow
Ansley Miller among select group nationwide honored for commitment to civic engagement
KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 4, 2017) — Ansley Miller, a junior majoring in international affairs at Kennesaw State University, has been selected to receive a 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact, an organization that helps students enhance their ability to improve community life.
As a fellow, Miller will spend a year engaged in virtual and in-person learning experiences, networking events and mentoring designed to nurture and develop her passions for social justice, human rights and peace. She will begin her fellowship in fall 2017. Fellowship recipients are nominated by their university presidents.
“We’re very proud of the work Ansley is doing on our campus and pleased that Campus Compact has recognized her contributions and commitment,” Kennesaw State President Sam Olens said.
Miller’s selection as a fellowship recipient recognizes her efforts in creating a student organization called the Student Union of Universal Peace and Rights (SUUPR) whose mission is advocacy and the promotion of policies that work towards peace and rights for all beings. Under her leadership, the organization has sponsored numerous events that have opened dialogue on issues including human trafficking, immigration and GLBTQ rights.
In addition to her work with SUUPR, Miller is a part of Kennesaw State’s Model United Nations team and travels to compete on behalf of the University. She recently published an article entitled, “Does Oppressed Religious Liberty Cause an Uprising in Terror Attacks?” in the University’s Undergraduate Research Journal. She also serves as an aide to a legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives.
“I am committed to making a difference and helping any soul that I can actively work with. I started a student organization at KSU in order to raise awareness of community and global animal, human, and environmental rights because I believe in order to change the world you have to start in the community you believe in first,” Miller stated.
Campus Compact created Newman Civic Fellowships to support community-committed students in their personal, civic, and professional development in order to prepare them for the long-term work of public problem solving and building equitable communities. The program also seeks to build a vibrant and productive network of civically oriented college student leaders and alumni.
Boston-based Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education, enabling campuses to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.