Notre Dame junior named 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

By: JP Shortall

March 31, 2017

University of Notre Dame junior Sarah Tomas Morgan has been named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The Newman Civic Fellowship was created to honor the leadership legacy of education leader Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who engage in collaborative action with others from campus or surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change; take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization; and demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture and develop students’ assets and passions to help them develop innovative and collaborative strategies to bring about social change.

Tomas Morgan is a Program of Liberal Studies major and Peace Studies minor who has been deeply engaged in leadership on campus since her first year.  Serving in her residence hall and in various campus organizations, she has combined her passion for politics with her interest in peace studies. Working with staff from the Center for Social Concerns, Tomas Morgan built a team to develop a non-partisan campus movement called NDVotes ‘16 to educate, register, and mobilize students in advance of the 2016 presidential election.

In support of Tomas Morgan’s nomination, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C wrote that “the success of NDVotes is due to her thoughtful articulation of a compelling idea, her inclusive stance to bring a diverse range of peers to the effort, and collaborative style, which allowed those peers to develop their own leadership abilities.”

Under Tomas Morgan’s leadership, NDVotes ’16 registered nearly half of all Notre Dame undergraduates for TurboVote, an online voter resource tool; hosted the Mayor of South Bend for an event devoted to discussion of civic and political engagement; developed an educational series of faculty speakers on campaign issues; and organized a mock election complete with exit polls. NDVotes remains active on campus supporting civic engagement activities. 

Contact: Rosie McDowell, Center for Social Concerns, 574-631-0468,