About the Institute
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate welcomed more than 200 participants from across the country for the Newman Civic Fellows annual conference hosted in partnership with Campus Compact. Students nationwide were nominated to become Fellows by their college president or chancellor in recognition of their community-oriented efforts.
“The Edward M. Kennedy Institute takes great pride in hosting the Newman Civic Fellows through our partnership with Campus Compact,” said Institute chief operating officer Gina Perille. “These rising leaders are already bringing participatory democracy to life through their engagement with the issues of the day. We hope that their activism, community engagement, political and public service passions only grow as a result of their time at the Institute.”
The Newman Civic Fellows visited Columbia Point for a weekend of programs, workshops, and networking, convening to discuss how to address societal challenges and to experience some of the Kennedy Institute’s legislative simulations. Among the hands-on legislative simulation experiences that the Newman Fellows took part in at the Institute was consideration and passage of the Green New Deal and deliberation on the merits of the PATRIOT Act.
Also while at the Kennedy Institute, the Newman Civic Fellows heard inspiring remarks from Boston City Council member Lydia Edwards who discussed her experience as an organizer and her path to elected office in the City of Boston.
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization in Boston envisioned by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Through a range of exhibits, interactive educational offerings, and topical programs, the Institute engages students and visitors in a conversation about the essential role each person plays in our democracy and in our society.