Yasmeen Najeebi ’18 was named by Campus Compact as winner of a national 2016 Newman Civic Fellow Award, sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Fellows are recognized for making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
Yasmeen, from the Springfield, Mass. region, is an environmental studies major with a concentration in policy. They are a transfer student from George Washington University where they also worked for Greenpeace as a campaign coordinator and fundraiser.
“I was disappointed with the George Washington University’s hollow commitment to sustainability and wanted to attend a school that had a strong history of the environmental liberal arts. This is really the education I’m looking for,” they said.
On campus, Yaz was president of Activism Club and co-president of the Activism Floor. In the community they are a student organizer for Democracy Spring and an organizer for the Vermont Landowner Alliance, which advocates for a cancellation of the VGS fracked gas pipeline.
In his nomination letter, president Paul Fonteyn wrote: “Yasmeen is mobilizing students for the Democratic National Convention utilizing their contacts at Food and Water Watch and Energy Action Coalition, while working to raise awareness about campaign finance reform and to organize student protests in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. It is very clear that Yasmeen’s commitment to environmental and social justice has positively impacted Green Mountain College and the Poultney community.”
The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.