Loyola senior named 2015 Newman Civic Fellow
Lindsey Rennie, ’15, a political science major at Loyola University Maryland, was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The award honors inspiring student leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges faced by their communities.
Rennie was nominated by Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president, and is the first ever nominee and winner from Loyola.
Rennie, of Pasadena, Md., is interested in many social justice issues, especially prison reform. Her interest in prison reform began during her sophomore year after she led a Spring Break Outreach trip in Baltimore to work with incarcerated men. She and her group bonded with the men through team-building activities.
“The trip completely broke down the barrier we had known about prisoners before then,” Rennie said.
Rennie is a service coordinator for Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ), and a member of the Green and Grey Society. The honors student is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Pi Sigma Alpha. Rennie’s Loyola awards include the Magis Scholar Leader award in 2013 and 2014, the Diversity Award in 2013, and the President’s Writing Prize in 2014. Outside of Loyola, she has participated in the Alternatives to Violence Project-Maryland, a multicultural volunteer organization that conducts workshops in correctional institutions throughout the state. She has also worked for four years with the National Student Leadership Conference, a non-profit education organization that gives high school students opportunities to experience college campuses during summer sessions.
“Ms. Rennie is one of Loyola University Maryland’s finest young leaders, and I have no doubt that she will continue to prove worthy of this honor in the years to come,” said Fr. Linnane.
After graduation, Rennie will be staying in Baltimore to work for AmeriCorps with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers. Rennie will be assigned to a non-profit that runs a mentoring program for children whose parents are incarcerated and a monthly program for women facing incarceration.
After a year with AmeriCorps, Rennie plans to attend law school.
“I owe absolutely everything to Loyola and CCSJ. I knew nothing about justice work when I came to campus. Through CCSJ, I’ve been given opportunities to work with social justice issues, and grow through my service.”
Rennie was very surprised and humbled by the award.
“I made the right college choice with Loyola. It’s opened a lot of doors for me. I’m grateful for everyone who has supported me and led me along the way.”
About the Newman Civic Fellows Award:
Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation. The awards are administered by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education.