Global Studies student Sophia Lopresti was recently named a Newman Civic Fellow!
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes students who are committed to finding solutions to challenging problems that communities face across the country and around the world. Fellows are nominated by their university's president and are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to leadership, civic engagement, and problem-solving.
Read about Sophia's commitment to solving difficult public health challenges below:
"My service work focuses on making health improvements for immigrant and international populations. While studying at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, I have the opportunity to work with immigrant communities in Baltimore City to improve their transition to the United States and their experience with the healthcare system. Over the past three years, I have done this by teaching English to Central American immigrants at the Esperanza Center and volunteering in the Emergency Room at St. Agnes Hospital, assisting Spanish-speaking patients before their official translators arrived. I have spent every spring break and summer working with communities in Nicaragua, Panama, and Indonesia on public health programming, teaching English, and anything else the community/nonprofit expresses interest in. It is my passion to learn the languages and cultures of other places and understand their needs. I cannot wait to graduate and continue my life of service to others-at home and abroad!" (Campus Compact)
Sophia is a Global Studies major in the Development, Health and the Environment track, and is pursuing a certificate in Intercultural Communication. She will graduate in May 2018.
To view the full post and read about what Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has to say about Sophia's accomplishments, please visit the Campus Compact website.