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Karina Edouard ‘15 Receives 2013 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Karina EdouardFirst  Manhattanville College student to achieve civic fellows award.


Karina Edouard has devoted herself to solving current social issues during her time at Manhattanville College. This and more helped to earn her the prestigious recognition of being named a Newman Civic Fellows. It is the first time in the College’s history that a student has received the award.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award, named after the memory of education reformer, Frank Newman, who dedicated himself to change and strong communities, is given to college student leaders who inspire their peers through their commitment in discovering solutions for communities nationwide. Those chosen for The Newman Civic Fellows Award are a part of a unique network of leaders that motivate one another throughout their college years and beyond. A certificate is given to those students who exemplify this through service, research, and advocacy.  Recipients display knowledge of core issues, while simultaneously finding durable techniques to solve them. They are the next generation of civic leaders proving that higher education enhances the enrichment of our world.

Through service-learning trips with both Romero and Adulham Christian Center, Edouard has traveled to Camden, NJ and New Orleans, LA. Edouard has used these experiences to help her fulfill her aspiration to teach Mathematics and English to Haitian children and young adults. She proposed Commitment-to-Action in the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in Washington, D.C. Through these channels, she desires to promote grass-root level political and economic involvement. Edouard also focuses on decreasing poverty and violence rates by increasing commerce and establishing better race relations.

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