Northampton Community College health sciences student Andreina Fatima Sarmento Da Coasta has been named a 2022 Newman Civic Fellow. She joins 173 college students from across the nation to be recognized with the prestigious fellowship.
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a year-long program, sponsored by Boston-based Campus Compact, for student leaders who demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Compact member presidents and chancellors nominate student leaders from their campuses to be named Newman Civic Fellows.
Da Coasta is a United States Department of State Exchange Fellow from the Southeast Asian island of East Timor. In her home country, she worked within the local community to address early pregnancy and malnutrition issues while advocating for the rights of women and actively working to end child abuse.
“We helped people understand how to take care of their health and to reach out for support,” Da Costa said. “Through volunteering, we created awareness and provided information and education to people living in the local area. Right now, environmental challenges and malnutrition are rising in East Timor, and I plan to work with the NGOs helping my country when I finish my study at Northampton Community College.”
While at NCC, Da Costa has pursued her interests in nutrition, public health and climate change. She was also recognized for her involvement in the global climate movement. NCC President Mark Erickson said Andreina is a top-tier student committed to creating long-term social change and global engagement.
“She’s quite knowledgeable of the violent consequences of political polarization,” Erickson said. “Her passion for civic engagement and aspiration to advance the rights of children, with an interest in ending malnutrition, makes her a great asset to the fellowship program.”
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides Fellows with a variety of learning and networking opportunities that emphasize personal, professional, and civic growth. Each year, fellows participate in virtual training and networking opportunities to help provide them with the skills and connections they need to create large-scale positive change. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. For more about each of the student leaders selected for this year’s cohort go to compact.org/newman-civic-fellow.