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Elizabeth Porter,16, honored with 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award for civic leadership

April 7, 2015

Whitworth student Elizabeth Porter, ’16, was recently named a Newman Civic Fellow for 2015, along with 200 other community-engaged college students around the U.S. The honor is sponsored by the KPMG Foundation and is awarded by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Porter, a speech communication major, has become deeply involved in student leadership and service-learning at Whitworth. Her work through the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement has brought U.S. Civil Rights speakers to campus, and has also led to the implementation of Teach the Movement, a program that brings college students from throughout Washington state into K-12 classrooms to teach U.S. Civil Rights history.

“Service means sharing the connections I have established in the communities I am surrounded by,” Porter says. “That means bringing college students, K-12 students, white students, students of color, international students and others together to learn each other’s stories.”

Porter was nominated for the Newman Civic Fellows Award by Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor.

“With her persistence and charisma, Elizabeth builds bridges across difference,” Taylor says. “With a goal of graduate study in education around curriculum reform, Elizabeth is committed to a lifetime of personal and professional service to bring equity and inclusion to education for underrepresented and undeserved students.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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