Eunice Muchemi, C'19, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows Award. The award is presented by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Muchemi was nominated by Vice-Chancellor John McCardell.
An International and Global Studies major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Muchemi has worked actively in multiple capacities to address the global issue of gender violence. In 2017, she served as a research, policy, and advocacy intern at the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention in Kampala, Uganda, and as an intern with A Ban Against Neglect in Accra, Ghana, which supports underserved women and children. Inspired by her academic and engaged work on-campus and abroad, she has become a Leadership Fellow at Sewanee. In that capacity, she is living and working in Bairnwick Women's Center to raise awareness about domestic violence and issues related to intersectionality.
"The liberal arts curriculum and experiences abroad helped me to locate my focus within my passion, the intersection of development and gender-based violence," Muchemi says.
As president of the African Caribbean Student Association, she promotes awareness and celebration of African and Caribbean cultures while also fostering a welcoming environment for Sewanee's students, faculty, and staff. As a Posse Scholar, Muchemi has been involved in the facilitation of numerous workshops and the planning of two retreats that provide a platform for the Sewanee students, staff, and faculty to discuss the nature of linguistic micro-aggressions and challenge of identity to inclusivity.
"I am committed to finding ways to collaborate in our rural setting to create spaces for women to mentor and lift up the next generation of women's rights advocates." Muchemi says. As a Leadership Fellow, she is also working on a team of cross-campus leaders charged with designing a sustainable solution for addressing negative features of undergraduate drinking culture.
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Muchemi will participate in virtual and in-person learning opportunities, including a national conference of Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. The Newman Civic Fellowship supports the next generation of public problem solvers in their personal, professional, and civic growth.
This year, the Newman Civic Fellowship was awarded to 268 community-committed students representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities. Eliana Perozo, C'18, and Gabby Valentine, C’17, were Sewanee’s last two Newman Civic Fellows.