Public Affairs, The California State University

Building a Better World

by Elizabeth Chapin

The National Campus Compact recently recognized a select group of college students who are creating lasting change in their communities. Four of the nine students selected from California attend a CSU campus.

The students are recipients of the Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors inspiring college student leaders.

Nominated by their campus presidents, the four represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders and serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world:

Jennifer AlejoJennifer Alejo, Humboldt State
Alejo is committed to supporting voices that are not always heard. In addition to organizing a college readiness conference for local high school students, directing HSU’s Alternative Spring Break, completing 500 hours of community service as an Americorps member, and coordinating a 1-unit class for Take Back the Night, Alejo has also been a key advocate for undocumented students. Read more.

Horst BauerHorst Bauer, San Francisco State
Due to second year political science major Bauer’s fundraising work for an LGBT advocacy campaign, he was able to purchase the book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living for each of the 12 libraries in San Joaquin County. He has been a pretrial intern for the Federal District Court in Oakland and currently serves as an intern for California State Assembly member Nancy Skinner. Read more.

German MarquezGerman Marquez, Fresno State
While maintaining a 4.0 GPA as an agricultural business major, Marquez helped engage hundreds of his fellow students in service to others. He has volunteered at the Bulldog Pantry, raised money for UNICEF, and helped put on a carnival for the patients at the Children’s Hospital of Central California. Last year, Marquez also coordinated building a new playground for children in an underserved neighborhood. Read more.

Travis WhiteTravis White, CSU Northridge
Travis White intends to pursue a career that will help better the lives of others. The second year criminology major actively looks for ways to bring CSUN students together to help those in need. For the past two years, he has worked with Unified We Serve to create innovative service projects for his fellow students. Read more.