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Moran selected as Raise Your Voice Fellow

May 10, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - University of Illinois at Springfield student Elizabeth Moran has been selected as a National Raise Your Voice Fellow by the National Campus Compact, a coalition of over 900 colleges and universities in the United States, designed to promote the civic purposes of higher education. Moran, who will be a senior in UIS’ Capital Scholars program this fall, was one of three fellows chosen from 250 applicants nationwide.

As part of their fellowship, the three students will spend the summer working in the NCC national headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island, to begin the process of drawing out the experiences of students and campuses that took part in the Raise Your Voice: Student Action for Change Campaign – the Compact’s two-year program designed to create spaces and opportunities for students to contribute to issues that they care about through community-building and political and civic engagement. The campaign involved more than 450 campuses and 200,000 students.

The fellows will act as lead authors of a report compiling participants’ perspectives and experiences, as well as how their efforts were supported on campus.  Based on their findings, fellows will then play a direct role in creating additional resources and opportunities for student community engagement. Fellows will also have an opportunity to take part in training and development in the areas of public and community engagement skills, the public mission of higher education, and the variety of work being done in the non-profit sector.

Abby Kiesa, RYV national coordinator, observed, “Liz’s experience and skills are perfect for this position and all of us are looking forward to working with her over the summer.”

At UIS, Moran has been involved in a number of civic engagement and activist issues. She was part of a student delegation to the Oxfam America Free Trade Coffee conference in New Orleans in 2003 and was among the UIS faculty, staff, and students to serve as volunteer teaching staff at the Heartland Peace Academy, a school for social justice education sponsored by Springfield’s Heartland Peace Center. Moran has served on the Illinois Campus Compact student advisory board for two years.

UIS’ Capital Scholars program is open to students entering their first year of college who have demonstrated high academic achievement and a potential for creativity and leadership. A four-year baccalaureate program, Capital Scholars combines an integrated core of general education courses with study of a foreign language and any of UIS’ 20 undergraduate majors.
    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.