Broda, from Louisville, is one of 262 students nationwide to receive the honor. She is Bellarmine's first Newman Civic Fellow and was chosen for her work around food insecurity issues, both on- and off-campus.
The Newman Civic Fellowship emphasizes personal, professional and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. The fellowship offers a variety of learning and networking opportunities,
including a national conference for fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.
"I am beyond grateful and excited for this experience and opportunity," said Broda. "Representing Bellarmine is something I am looking forward to and I cannot wait to meet with other students from throughout the country who are changemakers on their campuses.
I hope to gain ideas and knowledge that can be implemented on our campus throughout my final year here at Bellarmine alongside creating lasting connections."
Broda was nominated by Bellarmine's president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan, and by Dr. Helen Grace Ryan, Bellarmine's vice president for student affairs.
"Becca is a leader on campus whose experiences are preparing her to be a problem solver and changemaker in her community," said Donovan. "In the fall 2018 semester, Bellarmine opened Knights Pantry, a no-cost food pantry for any student experiencing food
insecurity. As the student director of the pantry, Becca was instrumental in this project. Becca displays the unique disposition of being extremely stable, yet always adaptable. She is mature beyond her years in her work ethic and performance."
Campus Compact is a Boston-based non-profit organization working with a coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities to advance the public purposes of higher education. The fellowship is named for named for their co-founder, Frank Newman.
“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn
“The stories of this year's Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it's what our country and our world desperately