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38259552_r-goist-20161-516x344Robin Goist ’18 was recently awarded a Newman Civic Fellows Award by Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The 218 students honored this year represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. Goist was nominated for the award by John Carroll’s President, Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. “She is a standout leader who has demonstrated a significant commitment to service and civic engagement in the Cleveland community and on campus,” Rev. Niehoff wrote in his nomination. “As a scholar in John Carroll's Arrupe Scholars program and as a leader in the Ohio Student Association she is using her skills, talents, and education to make a difference. Through her concerted efforts at constituency building, educating and advocating, she has addressed key issues of the day, educated others and mobilized students to respond.” A communication and journalism major, Robin said that her involvement with civic engagement and political activism started at a young age. “I went to my first war protest with my mom when I was in fifth grade,” she said. “I decided to attend John Carroll University because of the Arrupe Scholars Program for students passionate about social justice. I look at it this way: if I really care about increasing the high school graduation rates in Cleveland, I should tutor second grade students to make sure their reading comprehension is not falling behind grade level. “ Learn more about the Newman Civic Fellows Award here.