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      Newman Civic Fellow

      Campus Compact Names Sophomore Iman Elkhashab as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

      Iman Elkhashab named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

      Elkhashab is a sophomore biology major with a minor in french and is a member of Widener's Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader Program.

      Widener University sophomore Iman Elkhashab was named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Elkhashab of Broomall, Pa., was one of 273 students to receive the award, which recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

      Elkhashab, a biology major with a minor in French, is a member of Widener’s Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader Program. Through this program, a distinguished group of students who live, learn and work together, devote themselves to responsible citizenship. Members commit to 300 hours of community service per year and participate in training and enrichment activities that help them inspire others to follow their lead.

      “I am delighted that Iman was selected for this national recognition,” Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman said. “She is an outstanding student leader. Her commitment to community service and advocacy for women’s health and environmental protections say much about her character and dedication to causes with global reach. This honor is well deserved.”

      A global human rights advocate, Elkhashab is invested in addressing the lack of women's rights and inadequate healthcare for women around the world. Elkhashab lived in Egypt most of her life and after experiencing the revolution she wanted to take action. She has since helped organize a number of protests and marches for the improvement of healthcare for woman around the world. Elkhashab hopes to dedicate her career towards helping women. “I want to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, and travel to third-world countries to educate women on self-care and provide first-world medical treatment.”

      An honors student, Elkhashab is involved in a variety of leadership pursuits at Widener, such as the French Club, International Club and Biological Society. She is an Apogee Scholar in the Oskin Leadership Institute, and has been recognized for her leadership developing community translation programs. She has taught English as a second language and served globally in Egypt and Honduras.

      Elkhashab is also an advocate for sustainability. She has worked on a community urban farm as part of her service hours and is the chair of the student Sustainability Committee, in which she recruits students to be advocates for environmental awareness in non-partisan efforts. “The idea is to plant a seed in this generation to put aside our differences and help society function more holistically and in a more accepting way,” she said.

      Newman Civic Fellows are named in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.

      Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellows represent their higher education institution in a national group of student leaders. These students will receive an award certificate and an invitation to join the Newman Civic Fellows online network. In many cases, they will also be invited to participate in state-specific activities.


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