Guttman Community College Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow



March 8, 2019 | Awards, Fellowships, Human Services, Scholarships, Student Engagement, Student Feature

Gugeeta Cheetram

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 262 students who will make up the organization’s 2019-2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Guttman student Gugeeta Cheetram.

Gugeeta is a second year Human Services major. She currently serves as Vice President of the Student Government Association and is a member of Women of G.R.I.T. and Students Promoting Attitudes of Respect and Kindness (S.P.A.R.K.). After she graduates, she wants to pursue a master’s degree in social work to become a clinical social worker. She is passionate about helping others, especially advocating for those with mental illness.

Gugeeta is proud to call herself selfless. She said, “A quote from Miguel Centeno, Vice Chair of the National Urban Fellows, Inc., who said ‘leadership is a selfless job; a selfless duty. The moment you become selfish, you are no longer a leader,’ touched my heart. It has shaped by behavior and commitment to foster selflessness.”

President Scott Evenbeck nominated Gugeeta as the Gutman Community College Newman Civic Fellow. “Her desire to help coupled with her drive for self-improvement serves her well as she navigates the path of student leadership and advocacy,” he said. The College community is proud of Gugeeta’s achievement.

The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“We are proud to recognize each of these extraordinary student leaders and thrilled to have the opportunity to engage with them,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are committed to finding solutions to pressing problems in their communities and beyond. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at