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Nursing Student Ricki Boateng Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

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The fellowship provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including attendance at a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

Widener University is pleased to recognize sophomore nursing student Ricki Boateng of Philadelphia, who has been named a 2019-20 Newman Civic Fellow. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving societal problems.

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Ricki Boateng has been named a Newman Civic Fellow for 2019-20.

Widener President Julie E. Wollman nominated Boateng for the honor. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact will provide her with a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including attendance at a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

Boateng is one of 262 students who will make up the 2019-20 cohort of fellows. She serves as Presidential Service Corps Bonner Leader at Widener, a position of leadership that involves contributing 300 hours of service each year. In her freshman year, Boateng worked as a donor database coordinator for the Family and Community Service of Delaware County in Chester, Pennsylvania. She organized donor information and raised funds for the Ralph Moses house, a transitional housing program.

This academic year, Boateng has served as an HIV/AIDS tester in nonclinical settings, such as universities and rehabilitation centers. Her efforts have provided critical hands-on care for people who need access to proper health care and support.  She chose nursing as her future career after growing up in a single-parent, immigrant household and wanting to mitigate the effects of poverty and build supportive health environments for others. She developed positive, supportive relationships with nurses who inspired her while living with sickle cell disease as a child. She aspires to make a global difference serving as a missionary in Ghana.

“I will bring with me a toolkit of leadership, public policy and health care expertise. I want to work with people with genetic disorders, like me, and reverse the effects of malnutrition, bad water sources and more,” Boateng said. “I was honored by President Wollman’s nomination for this award, and even more flattered to be chosen as a Newman fellow.”

Boateng has already achieved her Oskin Leadership Institute certificate at Widener and holds a position on the executive board for the Widener University Student Nursing Association Undergraduate Representative/Break Through For Nursing. She attended Philadelphia High School for Girls and is the daughter of Stella Boateng.

“I am so pleased Ricki has been chosen for this honor. Her passion for influencing positive change is remarkable, as she has already demonstrated through her service work at Family and Community Service of Delaware County,” Wollman said. “Ricki’s commitment to public service and her determination to propel her unique life experiences into a career improving the lives of others in Ghana are laudable. She is an exceptional student leader and will be an outstanding representative of the Newman Civic Fellows.”

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

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