Student Diversity Promoter Receives National Recognition
April 9, 2012 – Stephanie Frenel (SFS’12), co-founder of a student group that promotes diversity on campus, is one of 162 college leaders nationwide that Campus Compact recently named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow.
Campus Compact is a national association of almost 1,200 college and university presidents committed to achieving and promoting the civic purposes of higher education.
The honor commends the work of students seen as bettering their communities through service, community-based research and advocacy.
“I created GLUE (Georgetown Leaders for Unity and Equity) so that students of all backgrounds could come together and talk about race and its relationship to other forms of diversity in a candid and respectable manner,” Frenel says. “I believe the best way to learn about and address issues of race is through open dialogue and collective action.”
She says she first grew interested in starting the organization after being a part of an academic working group of Georgetown President John J. DeGioia’s Diversity Initiative.
The international politics major conducted research on ways in which the university could improve its recruitment of students of color and create new minority education programs.
She is also involved in several tutoring programs run by Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching & Service (CSJ), serves as a coordinator for the D.C. Schools Project and helped write and launch a summer institute program for D.C. Reads.
“CSJ allowed me to discover my love for education and teaching [and] completely changing my career trajectory,” she says.
Next Generation Leaders
Frenel plans to teach in New York City through Teach For America after graduating this spring.
The new 2012 Newman Civic Fellows will join a web-based network of previously named fellows and network at state and regional conferences and other gatherings to foster new ideas for community service and advocacy.
“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders,” said Campus Compact board chair James B. Dworkin, in a prepared statement. “They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can – and does – play in building a better world.”
Diversity and Social Justice
Frenel doesn’t stop giving back when summer rolls around.
This past summer she helped lead a new generation of community advocates while serving as the co-captain for the First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) program, which introduces 54 first-year students to social justice issues in D.C.
It is work Frenel hopes will be further highlighted through her award.
“I am happy to know that the university recognizes my commitment to diversity and social justice,” she says. “I hope that through this award I can continue to shed light on social justice issues in our community.”