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Campus Compact recently named Auburn University student Calvin Wilborn a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow for his commitment to community development and the betterment of society through citizen action.

Wilborn is a sophomore majoring in public administration and minoring in community and civic engagement, both in the College of Liberal Arts. He currently serves as president of Auburn College Democrats, where he works to educate students on the importance of voting. Throughout the school year, Wilborn organized several voter registration drives and worked with other political clubs on campus to promote civic activism. Wilborn’s commitment to social change is demonstrated through his involvement with the Student Government Association’s Lobby Board, where he participates in lobbying for higher education funding from the Alabama State Legislature.

In the fall of 2015, Wilborn participated in an Appalachian Teaching Project focusing on the revitalization of the Tuskegee National Forest. The work that Wilborn and others did on this project culminated in a successful presentation at the Appalachian Teaching Project in December 2015.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellows program honors Dr. Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders, who was a tireless advocated for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.