NKU's Jarett Lopez Selected as a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow  

Jarett Lopez

April 10, 2019— Northern Kentucky University’s Jarett Lopez has been selected serve as a 2019 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

The Newman Civic Fellowship 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 public problems. Lopez worked with Dr. Belle Zembrodt in the Honors College’s new Office of Competitive Scholarships and Opportunities to prepare his application materials and submit them to Kentucky Campus Compact. Throughout the fellowship, Lopez will work with 262 students on developing strategies for social change.

“Jarett is a third year student who is an advocate for the rights of LGBTQ students at NKU,” said President Ashish Vaidya. “For the past three years, he has created public programing that celebrates inclusive excellence across campus and hosted forums for the broader NKU community where he encourages collaborative problem solving. He is currently working on revising a series of advocacy workshops that involve on- and off-campus speakers who will teach students to communicate policy proposals effectively with government officials and their staff.

Lopez studies political science and will graduate in 2020. His major focus areas are political behavior and comparative politics. Lopez was recently elected as the Student Government Association president and is involved with the Sigma Phi Epsilon KY-H, Model United Nations and the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services.

“During high school, I took an active leadership role in my gender and sexuality alliance, challenging the administration to move forward on LGBTQ issues. I was determined to continue my work on behalf of the community here at NKU,” said Lopez. “I discovered the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services and their Ambassadors. Since being appointed as an ambassador of this organization, I have worked on multiple projects to oppose those who walk onto NKU’s campus to spread hate.”

The Honors College is sponsoring Lopez’s trip to the Newman Civic Fellows National Conference in Boston, MA in November 2019. Any Honors student who is interested in applying for national scholarships and awards can contact Dr. Zembrodt for more information. 

About the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship: The fellowship was created in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders and a tireless advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship. It’s supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Visit its website for more information.

About Kentucky Campus Compact: KyCC was created in 2005 to serve as a resource for higher education institutions as they build their capacity for using civic engagement to achieve institutional goals. Our mission is
to advance the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As a membership network, KyCC offers valuable programs and connection addressing our network priorities: College Access, Student Success, and Community Impact. Click here for more information.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit nku.edu.