Hannah Beauchamp-Pope is just a sophomore at UW-Green Bay, but she has already tallied experiences of a lifetime. For her many efforts, the Black Student Union vice president has been named a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow—one of 213 student leaders nationwide recognized this year by Campus Compact. She will be UW-Green Bay’s fourth Newman Civic Fellow.
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.
Beauchamp-Pope, a Human Biology and Democracy & Justice Studies major, was nominated for this distinct honor by UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander.
“Through her own personal life experiences, she has developed a passion for advocating for empathy in mental health, prison systems and other human service entities,” Alexander wrote. “She has a strong belief that our country needs to focus on love of humanity to heal our divisions and achieve long-term social change in American institutions. Ms. Beauchamp-Pope is active both on campus and the community.”
As Beauchamp-Pope grew up in Green Bay, she said she struggled with depression for most of her adolescent years. Through sharing her experience with others, she learned it was far too common and was not properly addressed.
“After the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, empowerment of being my authentic self-filled me with an energy like no other,” she said. “My dedication to social justice resides in the fact that crimes against humanity are being placed upon the American people every day, no matter the race, gender, class, sexual orientation, or other marginalizing factors that divide us, we all experience at some point in our life the same injustices that break us down in American society.”
Beauchamp-Pope says that for the country to represent people fairly and inclusively, it needs long-term social change in institutions like prisons and Eurocentric school systems where marginalized groups are suffering financially, socially, and culturally. Currently, she is starting a non-profit organization called “Think,” where her team will work to mobilize and provide solutions to crimes against humanity in America.
See former UW-Green Bay recipients of the Newman Civic Fellowship.
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, and mentoring. 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.
About the University Wisconsin Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.
Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Charlotte Berg; photos submitted.