Wilson College: Odessa Kalathas, Newman Civic Fellow
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program for students from Campus Compact member institutions. Students selected for the fellowship are leaders on their campuses who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
Kalathas is a student leader, active in the student government association and the InterVarsity Christian organization. Her focus has been on social justice through constructive dialogue during her two years at Wilson.
Her contributions at Wilson included serving as a peer teacher in a first-year seminar centered on social justice issues. Off campus, she worked\ as a counselor at a Christian camp, Camp Joy El.
Kalathas embodies the Wilson Honor Principle: “Demonstrating personal integrity; respecting the dignity of all persons; respecting diversity in people, ideas, and opinions; and demonstrating concern for others, their feelings and their needs for conditions which support their work and development.”
She continually strives to listen to, and understand, others; and by doing so she leads them in solving issues that challenge the world and themselves.
Odessa Kalathas: Critical thinker
“Kalathas is the first generation of her family to attend college,” said President of Wilson College Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D. “She believes herself a more open-minded individual because her Wilson experiences have stretched her perspective. She is a critical thinker who brings about the peaceful communication so needed on our college campuses; and in our world to address our shared challenges.”
The fellowship is named for the late Frank Newman; who was a Campus Compact founder and tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors nominate student leaders from their campuses to be named Newman Civic Fellows.
The fellowship provides recipients with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth.
Each year, fellows participate in numerous virtual training and networking opportunities; providing them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The annual Convening of Fellows offers intensive skill-building and networking over the course of two days. It is the cornerstone of the fellowship. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
Campus Compact has announced the 290 students who will make up the organization’s 2021-2022 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Kalathas joins 212 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico to form the 2021 cohort.