Auburn University Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow


Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, recently announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Auburn University student Jordan Kramer.


“As a third-year student majoring in political science, Jordan has demonstrated a strong commitment to meeting the challenges faced in his community and beyond. He is an accomplished leader on campus, and he serves his fellow students as executive vice president of outreach for Auburn’s Student Government Association,” said President Steven Leath. “Jordan is also very active with the Alabama College Democrats, and he has strengthened his knowledge through internships with the U.S. House of Representatives and the Trevor Project.”


“As a community organizer, Jordan has developed innovative and collaborative strategies for social reform. He founded the Affirming Birmingham Coalition, a group of 24 city leaders working together to end the practice of conversion therapy by Birmingham mental health professionals,” said Leath. “Through the group’s work, Birmingham stands to be the first city in the Deep South to ban the use of conversion therapy.”


The Newman Civic 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 public problems. 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.


“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”


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


Last modified: 03/25/2019