Zea Miller credits the women around her as her biggest motivator to making a difference in her community.
“I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a campus community that showcases so many strong women. They inspire me every day to work hard to be the best I can be.” Miller is the recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change-makers and public problem solvers.
The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, attendance at the national conference in Boston, MA and mentoring from a local community leader.
Nominated by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander, Miller says she is truly honored.
“I see the Newman Civic Fellowship as a great opportunity to expand my leadership skills and meet like-minded students from across the country.” Miller considers the Green Bay area “home” and is excited to give back. “The Green Bay area is such a wonderful place to live, and I want to make it even better,” she says.
Miller is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy Planning and Political Science along with a minor in Global Studies. After graduating, Miller hopes to work as a policy analyst while simultaneously attending UW-Green Bay’s graduate program in Environmental Sciences and Policy.
Right now, however, she is focused on giving back to the UW-Green Bay community. “UW-Green Bay has done so much to prepare me career-wise, from education in the classroom to programs like the Civic Scholars Leadership Program. I’ve gained many essential skills that will help me anywhere I go.”
Miller has big goals as the recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship. Her biggest one yet? To become someone who motivates young women the way she was motivated.
“I, too, hope to inspire young women by showing them that they can achieve anything they want, regardless of what others say.” As the Newman Civic Fellowship recipient, it’s safe to say she’s well on her way.
About the Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities. The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, attendance at the national conference in Boston, MA and mentoring from a local community leader. While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows.
Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Soundarya Ritzman