UCO Student Receives National Award for Public Service

University of Central Oklahoma student and 2014 Newman Civic Fellow Elizabeth Larios stands with Central President Don Betz, Ph.D., (right) and Vice President for Student Affairs Myron Pope, Ed.D., (left). Larios was nominated for the award in recognition of her work in advocating for women’s education and empowerment.

May 8, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

University of Central Oklahoma student Elizabeth Larios is one of 197 college students in the nation honored for their public service as Newman Civic Fellows.

The award recognizes student leaders who are invested in finding solutions for community challenges. Larios, who is originally from Los Angeles but now calls Moore home, is studying international business and French at Central. She is an advocate for women’s education and empowerment and hopes to help women in developing countries advance their entrepreneurship skills so that they may better themselves, their families, their communities and their economies.

After graduation from Central in May 2015, Larios will continue to share her passion for the advancement of educational initiatives for women in Gambia, a country in West Africa, as she serves as a missionary with Youth for Christ International. She will remain in Gambia for a minimum of two years, but may stay as long as five years. 

“I want to help women in the communities that I will be in develop skills to provide for themselves and their families,” said Larios.

“The reality is that they already have a great deal of resources. I hope to immerse myself in their culture and help to develop their creativity, allowing them to find ways to use existing resources to develop micro economies.”

The Newman Civic Fellow awards are presented by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents – representing some six million students – who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systematic change through education reform. 

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Larios will receive a certificate, join a national listserv of fellows and will have multiple opportunities to network throughout the year at state and regional conferences and other gatherings.

For additional information about the Newman Civic Fellow awards, visit www.compact.org.

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Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma student and 2014 Newman Civic Fellow Elizabeth Larios stands with Central President Don Betz, Ph.D., (right) and Vice President for Student Affairs Myron Pope, Ed.D., (left). Larios was nominated for the award in recognition of her work in advocating for women’s education and empowerment.