Published 04/04/12

Dalzell named Newman Civic Fellow

Rocina Dalzell '13SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (April 4, 2012) - Rocina Dalzell '13 of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. She is one of 162 college students from across the United States to be selected for their achievements in finding solutions to community problems.

"These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can — and does — play in building a better world," said Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.

"I have worked with Rocina since she arrived at Bryant and have been steadily impressed by how she actively seeks out ways to contribute to our community and others in deep and profound ways." Sandra Enos

Dalzell demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others. A major in sociology and service learning with a double minor in business administration and human resources, she has dedicated her energies to the child welfare system and HIV/AIDS in the minority community. In both instances, she engaged in policy-level work, education and advocacy. Her work with the Youth Justice Board in New York City created 14 specific policy recommendations to reform New York City's Family Court Permanency Planning Process in order to improve the outcome and experiences of youth in foster care. She is co-director of WE SPEAK Alumni at the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition; president of  Fellowship of the Unashamed, a Christian organization on campus; and vice president of the University's Alliance for Women's Awareness.

Dalzell hopes to pursue a career as a Family Court judge. "The family unit is a very important aspect in one's life. It's where children develop their values," she says. As a judge, Dalzell hopes to be able to shape policies and programs that will help people reach their highest potential.

"I have worked with Rocina since she arrived at Bryant and have been steadily impressed by how she actively seeks out ways to contribute to our community and others in deep and profound ways," said Sandra Enos, associate professor of sociology and service learning. "She takes on difficult issues and commits herself to them. It is a great privilege to work with a student who has not only noble goals but works toward achieving them in her studies and community work."

In nominating her for the award, Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley noted that "Rocina typifies what we expect in our best students. ... Her contributions are multiple and she plays an important role, educating our community about important social issues and pushing us to be informed and active citizens."

The fellowship is named for Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education: improving community life and educating students for civic and social responsibility. The Civic Fellows "form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year," Campus Compact states.

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