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Miami Dade College Student Nicole Roman Named a Campus Compact 2014 Newman Civic Fellow


Miami, March 21, 2014 - Helping others has always come easy for Miami Dade College (MDC) student Nicole Roman. “I aim to give back wholeheartedly because that is what I know I am meant to do,” said the inspiring 20-year-old mass communications major, who was recently named a Campus Compact 2014 Newman Civic Fellow and joins top students from around the nation in this honor.

The major award honors exceptional college student leaders who are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves and the root causes of social issues and to employ effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. An Honors College student at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus, Roman is among a handful of students selected nationally for the Newman Civic Fellow Award. Nominated by their college and university presidents, the 2014 honorees are recognized as being among the finest student civic leaders in the nation. College presidents are allowed to nominate just one student, who then becomes a Newman Civic Fellow for life.

“Nicole is one of the most outstanding servant-leaders I have ever worked with, and I’m so proud of her,” said Josh Young, director for MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy. “President Padrón could not have selected a better representative for this award. Her drive, commitment, and desire to serve and inspire are truly outstanding.”

Born in Venezuela, Roman emigrated to Miami at the age of 10 and later pursued a college education despite being undocumented. An aspiring journalist and passionate immigration rights activist, Roman has worked with, an organization working for immigration reform, to help shed light on the plight of undocumented “DREAMers.” In addition to maintaining a 3.7 GPA, she has spent the past three years volunteering and fundraising for worthy causes. Since 2011, she has served weekly as a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America, where she works with local girls ages 5 – 7 to help them build leadership skills and self-confidence.

Roman began volunteering with the Miami-headquartered TECHO U.S. organization in 2012 and has helped mobilize more than 1,000 youth volunteers and coordinated fundraising events that raised nearly $300,000 for the organization’s mission of helping impoverished families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Roman’s most recent undertaking, titled “Boundless Books”, aims to construct a library in a slum of Paraguay in collaboration with a book drive at MDC. For her efforts to help Paraguay, Roman was also selected for the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University. 

The Newman Civic Fellow, she says, is “a very humbling and prestigious award to get. If you get up every day and turn on the news and see where you’re standing, how can you not be inspired to make a difference?” Roman plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in journalism upon graduating from MDC with an associate degree this spring.

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. This class of Newman Civic Fellows embodies this spirit and dedication. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.


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