Junior Danielle Bates Named Newman Center Fellow

For the second straight year, a Simpson College student has been chosen as a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow.

Danielle Bates, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., learned recently that she was named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by the Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization with an office in Iowa.

“I am so grateful to be selected as a Fellow because it means a lot to me to be recognized for my efforts in civic engagement, and I’m excited to learn even more,” said Bates, whose majors are political science, international relations and religion with a minor in French

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.

That sounds like a program written specifically with Bates in mind.

In nominating her, Simpson President Jay Simmons said Bates “possesses the rare ability to work effectively in a purely nonpartisan fashion to provide civic and political engagement among an ideologically-diverse group of peers.”

Bates has helped promote voter registration and engagement during her time at Simpson. In 2016, she became one of the College’s Ambassadors for the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Vote Everywhere Program. She also is a John C. Culver Public Policy Fellow.

Her activities include collaborating with other students at other colleges to promote best practices in student voter education and registration activities.

The Newman Fellowships provide a host of learning and networking opportunities.

“I hope to learn more tools I can implement on campus to help the Simpson community become more civilly engaged,” Bates said. “I’m also excited to be part of a lasting network of young professionals who care about civic engagement as much as I do, and that I can support and bounce ideas off.”

Bates joins Culver Fellow members Sydney Samples (2017) and Dustin Peters (2012) as Newman Fellows from Simpson.

Bates is spending the spring semester in Washington. D.C, participating in the CHIP program. Her career goals include reducing inequality and political polarization, and she hopes her work as a Newman Fellow will help.

“I believe this can happen now more than ever because of the tools and relationships I will gain,” she said.